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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Five of its Aerosol Sunscreens

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Johnson & Johnson has recalled five of its aerosol sunscreens distributed nationwide after discovering benzene, a carcinogen, in some samples designed for consumers sun protection measures. Johnson & Johnson announced consumers should stop using the affected canisters immediately and seek refunds where possible. This is not Johnson & Johnson’s first recall in their supply chain this year as it also recalled children’s Tylenol products due to a potential contamination with mold.

What is a Carcinogen?

A human carcinogen is a substance that promotes the development of cancer. Some carcinogens are man-made, such as benzene, found in Johnson & Johnson’s specific aerosol sunscreen products.

Benzones are also considered carcinogenic because long-term exposure may lead to leukemia and other cancers like colorectal tumors. Johnson & Johnson’s recalls were prompted by trace amounts of benzene being detected through its quality control process.

What is a Carcinogen?

Is This Johnson & Johnson’s First Recall?

No, Johnson & Johnson has a history of recalls. In November 2018 Johnson & Johnson recalled three products:

  • Tylenol Arthritis Pain Extra Strength Caplet bottle because the tablets may be chipped or broken and therefore difficult to swallow
  • Motrin Infant Drops because some bottles might have dropper tips that don’t work properly
  • Benadryl Allergy Relief Children’s Syrup due to reports from consumers who tasted metal in product samples.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is an organic compound with two benzene rings linked at one end (C^) and it is used as a solvent for other substances including rubber, paint, ink, plastics and textiles. It was discovered by accident by scientists in 1825 when they distilled coal tar.

Benzene is an irritant, and can be toxic if inhaled or swallowed because it enters the bloodstream directly from the lungs and intestines respectively. It has been found to cause cancer of the bladder, bone marrow (leukemia), eye sockets, kidneys, liver and skin in animals as well as people who work with benzene regularly.

What Neutrogena and Aveeno Products Are Included In Johnson & Johnson’s Sunscreen Recall?

Johnson & Johnson’s sunscreen affected products by the benzene recall are as follows:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh Aerosol Sunscreen

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What are the adverse health consequences of using Johnson Johnson Sunscreen Recall Products Containing Benzene?

Benzene is an organic compound that can be found in the air as a result of incomplete combustion, such as cigarette smoke. It is also used to make other chemicals including plastics and some glues or paints.

When benzene enters the body, it harms nearly every organ system – eyes (ocular), sockets, kidneys, liver and skin in animals as well as people who work with benzene regularly.

The effects include blood disorders, leukemia or cancer of the lymphatic system; high levels may cause bone marrow death leading to aplastic anemia; lung damage from hypersensitivity pneumonitis or chemical pneumonia where inflammation causes fluid accumulation around lungs which restricts breathing.

What Are They Symptoms Of Benzene Poisoning?

According to Johnson & Johnson officials, there have been no known cases in which someone has exhibited symptoms from using these recalled aerosol sunscreen product lines.

The company advises consumers who purchased any of the five impacted items should immediately stop use and contact their physician if they experience any adverse health consequences such as skin irritation or burns resulting from this recall.

Symptoms of benzene poisoning include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness, sometimes with nausea and vomiting
  • Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat.
  • Chronic exposure can lead to a gradual decline in liver function leading to jaundice (yellowing), enlarged veins on the skin (spider nevi) and/or enlargement of fatty tissue around the heart.

Symptoms may take months or years before they show up after repeated exposures. Continued prolonged exposure can over time result in leukemia (cancer). There is no known safe level for benzene.

What Are They Symptoms Of Benzene Poisoning

What Do I Do If I’ve Been Using Johnson & Johnson Aerosol Sunscreen Products?

Contact your local retailer for further instructions on how to return the sunscreen products, where they were purchased and when. If you suspect you have symptoms from certain aerosol recalled sunscreen products by Johnson & Johnson, you should see your physician.

According to The Food & Drug Administration:

“adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.”

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Is My Health At Risk If I Used Any Of J&J Aveeno or One of the Four Neutrogena Sunscreen Versions?

It is difficult to say if you are at risk for adverse reactions or quality problems. If your health concerns have increased, please see a physician. The FDA recommends that all consumers stop using certain aerosol sunscreen products and contact Johnson & Johnson with any questions they may have about their use of these products.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated in an email interview:

If someone had used one of the recalled J&J Aveeno or Neutrogena spray-on beach defense aerosol sunscreen products over the past few days then yes, it would be reasonable to consult your healthcare provider.

If I’ve Been Using J&J Recalled Products, Should I Contact An Attorney?

If you have been injured or sickened due to daily exposure to Johnson & Johnson consumer recalled product, contact Ehline Law as soon as possible for help recovering damages and compensation.

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