(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalls five aerosol products from Neutrogena and Aveeno in the United States after discovering a carcinogenic chemical in certain samples.
The New Jersey-based company said on Wednesday that consumers should stop using the products and discard them after internal tests found low levels of benzene in certain sprays. was higher than recommended in several products that provide protection or relief from sunburn, including sprays and lotions.
CVS Health said on Thursday that it had also stopped selling two of its sunscreen drugs.
Benzene is classified as a substance that can potentially cause cancer depending on the level of exposure and extent.
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"Daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreens at the levels detected in our tests would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences," the company said.
J & J's recalled aerosol sunscreens are Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer and Aveeno Protect + Refresh.