Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily recalled some of their spray-on, suntan lotions under the brand names of Aveeno and Neutrogena because of a possible cancer risk.
Five batches of the said products are being removed from the market “out of precaution” confirmed the Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios (OCU).
Benzene is classed as carcinogenic for humans; i.e., there is the possibility that it could cause cancer depending on the level of exposure to it, although it is ubiquitous, i.e., can be found everywhere in the environment.
“Although benzene is not an ingredient in any of our skin-protection products, it has been detected in samples of impacted, aerosol sunscreen [finished products] in spray-on form,” read an announcement from the company.
The names of the products that have been withdrawn are Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer and Aveeno Protect + Refresh.
The pharmaceutical company asked for consumers not to use them and to throw them away. You can follow up on this by clicking on this MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting on the FDA website.