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Johnson & Johnson recalls Aveeno and Neutrogena spray sunscreens

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Johnson & Johnson is recalling Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreens after internal testing of samples revealed the presence of benzene, a known carcinogen.

The company said on Wednesday that consumers should stop using the products and dispose of them properly. The spray sunscreens affected by the recall include Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, and Aveeno Protect + Refresh.

“As a precautionary measure, we are recalling all of these specific aerosol sunscreens,” the company said, adding that it is working with distributors and retailers to return the recalled products.

benzene, an industrial chemical normally found in crude oil and cigarette smoke, and which can also be used in the production of plastics and pesticides, is a known human carcinogen that can cause harm through long-term exposure, which is exposure for more than one year. years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Johnson & Johnson said benzene is not an ingredient in any of its sunscreen products and the company is investigating the cause of the contamination. Johnson & Johnson gave no details on how much benzene was detected, describing it only as “low levels”.

Independent pharmaceutical testing company Valisure recently found that: 78 many sunscreens and sun care products contain benzene, a known carcinogen that has been linked to blood cancers and other diseases. Of the 78 batches with detectable levels, 40 products were found to have “significantly detected” levels of benzene.

Johnson & Johnson said consumers can get help with questions or request a refund by calling (800) 458-1673.

Read more: Benzene in sunscreen: what you need to know

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare professional if you have any questions about a medical condition or health goals.

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