July 19, 2021
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® Aerosol Sunscreen Products Due to the Presence of Benzene
The Division of Environmental Health (DEH) of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, in coordination with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, would like to inform the public of a nationwide recall of all lots of five NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines to the consumer level. Internal testing identified low levels of benzene in some samples of the products. Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure. The only sunscreen products impacted are aerosol products, specifically:
· NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® aerosol sunscreen,
· NEUTROGENA® Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen,
· NEUTROGENA® Invisible Daily™ defense aerosol sunscreen,
· NEUTROGENA® Ultra Sheer® aerosol sunscreen, and
· AVEENO® Protect+ Refresh aerosol sunscreen.
Product images and lot information are available on www.neutrogena.com and www.aveeno.com.
Benzene can be absorbed, to varying degrees, by inhalation, through the skin, and orally. Based on exposure modeling and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) framework, daily exposure to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen products at the levels detected in testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences. While benzene is not an ingredient in any of the sunscreen products, it was detected in some samples of the impacted aerosol sunscreen finished products. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. are investigating the cause of this issue.
Out of an abundance of caution, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. is recalling all lots of these specific aerosol sunscreen products. The recalled sunscreen products are packaged in aerosol cans, and were distributed nationwide through a variety of retail channels.
DEH is currently communicating and conducting recall effectiveness checks with local retailers and distributors to determine if any of the affected products are sold on Guam.
The Department has not received any local report of injuries or illnesses associated with the consumption of these recalled commodities. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased the items listed above should stop using these specific products and appropriately discard them. Consumers may contact the JJCI Consumer Care Center 24/7 with questions or to request a refund by calling 1-800-458-1673. JJCI is also notifying its distributors and retailers by letter and is arranging for returns of all recalled products.
For any questions, please contact the Consumer Commodities Program at the Division of Environmental Health at 300-9579.