Johnson & Johnson is recalling a list of spray sunscreens after low levels of the cancer-causing chemical, benzene, were detected in some samples.
The company stated customers should immediately stop using the affected products, which were distributed through stores nationwide.
The recall covers the Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreens: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen and UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen.
The pharmaceutical giant revealed it is currently investigating how the chemical might have gotten into some of its products.
“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,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products.”
J&J also noted that the recall is voluntary and they have notified the Food and Drug Administration of the recall.
The company said it’s working tirelessly to pull the five products from shelves across the nation.
The announcement is the latest scandal J&J has faced. In recent years, the company has had thousands of lawsuits, alleging that its talc-based baby powder is laced with asbestos and causes cancer or mesothelioma.
J&J adds that customers can get a refund by calling J&J’s Consumer Care Center at 1-800-458-1673.
Just last year, J&J stopped sales of the product and has recently pitched $3.9 billion to help cover the costs of the lawsuits. And last month, the US Supreme Court rejected Johnson & Johnson’s bid to overturn a $2.1 billion verdict against it in favor of women who said the company’s talc products played a role in their developing ovarian cancer.
“This was a victory not just for the amazing women and their families who we were privileged to represent, but a victory for justice,” Mark Lanier, the women’s lawyer, told The Post. “This result is exactly what separates America from the rest of the world. This decision sends a clear message to the rich and powerful: You will be held to account when you cause grievous harm under our system of equal justice under law.”
Just last year, a US-led analysis of 250,000 women found no strong evidence linking baby powder with ovarian cancer, despite the study’s lead author called the results “very ambiguous.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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