Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall yesterday for five aerosol sunscreens after samples had the carcinogen benzene present.
Johnson & Johnson advised consumers to throw away affected sunscreens. While the recall includes all canister sizes and SPF levels, the five specific sunscreens being recalled are:
Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen
Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen
Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense aerosol sunscreen
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen
Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen
Benzene, which is a substance that naturally occurs in the environment, is also considered a carcinogen that can cause leukemia and other cancers.
Johnson & Johnson’s statement said, “While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products. We are investigating the cause of this issue, which is limited to certain aerosol sunscreen products.”
The recall was made “out of an abundance of caution” as “daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”
Consumers may contact the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Care Center with questions or to request a refund by calling 1-800-458-1673.