Johnson and Johnson is removing five of its sunscreen products off store shelves after finding low-level traces of the cancer-causing chemical known as benzene.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, benzene is a chemical that can cause cancer when exposed to it repeatedly. In addition, some long-term health effects from repeated exposure and high levels of the chemical can negatively affect the immune system, increasing an individual’s risk for infection.
Though low levels of benzene were detected in certain J&J sunscreen products, Johnson and Johnson released a statement to ABC News, stating that “the use of the products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences, and voluntarily recalled the products out of an abundance of caution.”
Amongst the five sunscreen products being recalled include four Neutrogena sunscreens: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible daily defense aerosol sunscreen, Ultrasheer aerosol sunscreen, and the fifth sunscreen from Aveeno, Aveeno Protect+ Refresh aerosol sunscreen.
Currently, Johnson and Johnson is investigating to find out how benzene got into the five sunscreen products. J&J is actively removing the five products from store shelves and is urging customers to refrain from using the five sunscreen products immediately.
PNC reached out to the Department of Public Health and Social Services for a statement regarding removing the sunscreen products off of local shelves and did not receive a statement as of news time.
Customers can contact Johnson and Johnson’s consumer care center at 1-800-458-1673. Additional information can be found at www.Neutrogena.com and www.aveeno.com.