This is another health warning about the sea of chemicals in which we live. Today Johnson & Johnson announced it is recalling five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunscreens after the company found benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in some samples.

The recall covers the Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen, and four Neutrogena sunscreens: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, CoolDry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen and UltraSheer aerosol
sunscreen.

The company stated that customers should stop using the products. The Pediatric Cancer Environmental Impact Fund asks you to take recommendation literally.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says exposure to benzene can cause leukemia or other cancers after long-term exposure. J&J claims benzene is not an ingredient in the affected sunscreens and the pharmaceutical giant is investigating how the chemical might have gotten into these products.

The company said it’s also working to pull all lots of the five products from shelves across the country. It added that customers can get a refund by calling J&J’s Consumer Care Center at 1-800-458-1673.

The announcement is the latest blow for the company’s consumer unit which has had thousands of lawsuit filed over Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder containing asbestos and causing cancer. The company halted sales of the product and socked away nearly $4.0 billion to cover the costs of the lawsuits. The US Supreme Court recently rejected J&J’s appeal to overturn a verdict against it in favor of women who said the talc powder caused ovarian cancer.

Pediatric Cancer Environmental Impact Fund July 15, 2021

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