In an announcement posted on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) website as well as the Johnson & Johnson website, JJCI has issued a voluntary recall for it’s five varieties of aerosol sunscreen. Internal quality assurance testing of their products revealed that their aerosol products had some traces of benzene, a cancer causing chemical.
Here are the affected product lines:
Benzene is labeled as a cancer causing chemical that exists in many places both in natural environment and it is also widely used in manufacturing processes. According to the CDC, we are exposed to low amounts of benzene every day. It is when higher amounts exist or direct exposure that Benzene presents a greater threat. Any presence of the chemical in a product that is meant for direct contact with human skin is alarming to say the least. So as a precautionary measure, JJCI issued an immediate recall and Stop-Use for its aerosol sunscreen products.
JJCI states that consumers should immediately stop use of these products. Adverse reactions or side affects are not expected from previous use . Consumers may call Johnson & Johnson’s customer care center to ask questions and/or request a refund of the products.
Any issues that do arise can and should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch program. The MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program is a reporting tool offered by the FDA for easier reporting of issues with FDA regulated products.
While the recall on the potentially harmful sunscreen is a reassuring that J&J has it’s consumers health at the top of their priority list, you probably remember hearing something about another one of their products in recent history. That product was the widely used J&J Talcum powder, which was found to contain a different cancer causing substance.