Low levels of benzene, a chemical linked to blood cancers including leukemia, were identified in some samples, prompting the recall of five Johnson & Johnson aerosol sunscreen products.
Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen, and Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen, as well as Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, are among the Neutrogena sunscreens recalled. The health-care conglomerate said in a statement that it did so despite the fact that using the items “would not be expected to cause serious health implications.”
The company didn’t say how much benzene was found in its tests, but said in a statement that “daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels observed in our testing would not be expected to have severe health consequences,” citing exposure modeling and EPA recommendations. According to an email from Johnson & Johnson, following the release of the Valisure report, the company “immediately initiated a detailed end-to-end audit of our manufacturing process and raw materials, including internal testing and a thorough data review.”