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Sunscreen Recalled for Cancer Risk

Posted on July 26, 2021

Johnson & Johnson has recalled five of its aerosol Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreens due to trace amounts of benzene, a known carcinogen, according to a report on Good Morning America.

The company voluntarily recalled the sunscreens “out of an abundance of caution” and noted that daily exposure at the levels found would not have caused negative health effects. In sufficient quantities and over the long term, benzene can potentially cause cancer, anemia and immune system damage, among other issues, according to the CDC.

While a carcinogen, benzene is naturally found in the environment and is common in manufacturing plastics and other items. However, benzene is not an ingredient in sunscreen. Its presence is likely due to contamination during the supply chain, according to the report. Johnson & Johnson is investigating potential sources for the trace levels of benzene.

It is recommended that consumers stop using those sunscreens and throw them away. Specific sunscreen names and lot information may be found on www.neutrogena.com and www.aveeno.com. Refunds are available via the JJCI Consumer Care Center at 1-800-458-1673. Adverse reactions may be reported at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

If you have been injured by a defective product and you are unsure of your legal rights, it may help to contact an experienced Philadelphia product liability attorney.