Johnson & Johnson recalls Neutrogena and Aveno spray sunscreens from US stores after detecting benzene, a potentially carcinogenic chemical in some samples.
J & J said Wednesday that consumers should stop using spray sunscreen and dispose of it. The company also said it has informed distributors and retailers to stop selling products and is arranging for product returns.
A spokesman for one company said the effort also included removing products from the shelves.
A company in New Brunswick, NJ, says it does not use benzene to make spray sunscreens and is investigating the cause of the contamination. The company does not say whether the recall will affect other countries as well.
J & J, the world’s largest seller of consumer health products, does not mention the number of bottles affected and the exact benzene level, but the levels are low and do not cause health problems. Not expected.
According to J & J, the affected spray products are sold as Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily, Neutrogena Ultra Shear, Aveno Protect + Refresh Aerosol Sunscreen.
“We are paying close attention to recalling all of these specific aerosol sunscreen products,” the company said.
Benzene Chemicals that can cause cancer after high levels of exposure.. High levels of exposure can also have more direct effects, such as dizziness, confusion, rapid or arrhythmias.
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