Neutrogena and Aveeno Spray Sunscreens Recalled

Johnson & Johnson is recalling most of their Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens from U.S. stores after detecting benzene in some of its test samples. Benzene has been identified as a potential cancer-causing chemical.

On Wednesday, July 14 J&J provided a statement to the media stating that consumers should stop using and discard five of its six Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens. It is also in the process of notifying distributors and retailers to remove the sunscreens from shelves and stop selling the affected products. Consumers are being directed to discard the affected products and can request a refund by calling 1-800-458-1673.

J&J does not use benzene in its manufacturing process and is investigating the cause of the contamination. J&J did not say how many aerosol cans were affected or, what the exact benzene levels were.

The products affected include:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
  • Aveeno Protect+Refresh

Johnson & Johnson sells one other spray sunscreen product, Neutrogena Wet Skin, which appears to not be affected by the recall.

Benzene is a chemical that can cause cancer after high levels of exposure. Immediate effects include dizziness, confusion and rapid or irregular heartbeats. Consumers who experience any adverse reactions, first, should talk to their doctor. Reactions to the recalled sunscreens may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch-fda-safety-information-and-adverse-event-reporting-program.

Valisure LLC, an online pharmacy petitioned the FDA to remove the products after identifying high levels of benzene in several sunscreens and other sunscreen products. The same online pharmacy’s testing led to recalls of Zantac and the diabetes drug, Metformin.

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