J&J issues sunscreen recall due to cancer concerns

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Johnson & Johnson is recalling five types of Neutrogena and Aveeno aerosol sunscreen after it said it discovered low levels of benzene in the products.

The impacted products are:

– NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen,

– NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen,

– NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen,

– NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen, and

– AVEENO® Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen.

Benzene is a human carcinogen, a substance that could “potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure”.

Johnson & Johnson said benzene is not an ingredient in any of its sunscreen products and it is investigating what caused its presence. The company also said the level of benzene found in the sunscreens tested “would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences”.

Anyone who bought the recalled sunscreen should stop using it and throw it away.

Customers can request a refund by calling 1-800-458-1673.

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