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Neutrogena, Aveeno sunscreens recalled; sprays contain benzene

Jul 16, 2021 5:30 am

Jesus Jiménez is reporting for The New York Times Johnson & Johnson July 14, issued a voluntary recall for five sunscreen sprays after low levels of benzene, a carcinogen, was found in the products. Consumers were told to stop using the products and to throw them away. The recall included four Neutrogena aerosol sprays — Beach Defense, Cool Dry Sport, Invisible Daily and Ultra Sheer — and the Aveeno Protect + Refresh spray. The company said in a statement on Wednesday, “While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products.” The company said it was investigating why there were traces of benzene. Benzene is a carcinogen, which can cause cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highly flammable chemical is regularly found in products such as gasoline, plastics, detergents, pesticides, drugs, nylon and synthetic fibers. Cigarette smoke and forest fires are also sources of the carcinogen. Consumers with questions about the sprays or how to receive a refund can call 1-800-458-1673. Read the full story in The New York Times.