Johnson & Johnson is recalling five Neutrogena and Aveeno brand sunscreens in the United States after a cancer-causing chemical was detected in some samples.
The New Jersey-based company said Wednesday that consumers should stop using and discard the products after internal testing found low levels of benzene in some sprays.
J&J, whose shares fell 1%, added that benzene is not an ingredient in its sunscreen products and that it is investigating the cause of the contamination. “Daily exposure to benzene in sunscreen products at levels detected in our tests is not expected to cause with adverse health consequences.
The move comes months after pharmacy Valisure filed an online petition to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying it had found higher-than-recommended levels of benzene in several products that provide sunburn prevention, including sprays and lotions.
CVS Health said Thursday that it was also halting sales of two of its products to treat sunburn. Benzene is classified as a substance that can cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure.
Sunscreens recalled from (J&J)
Neutrogena Beach Defense
Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport
Neutrogena Invisible Daily defense
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer
Aveeno Protect + Refresh