After Johnson & Johnson announced it had found a cancer-causing ingredient in some samples, pharmacy chains CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and retailer Walmart Inc began withdrawing Johnson & Johnson sunscreen products from their shelves. In addition, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled five Neutrogena and Aveeno brand aerosol sunscreens on Wednesday, advising consumers to cease using and discard the items after internal testing revealed low quantities of benzene in some of the sprays.
The recall comes two months after an internet pharmacy issued a similar warning. Valisure submitted a petition with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claiming that it had discovered levels of benzene in over a dozen products that give protection or relief from sunburns, such as sprays and lotions that were higher than recommended.
Johnson & Johnson, whose stock fell 1.2 percent to $168.37, said benzene is not an ingredient in its sunscreen products and that the source of the contamination is being investigated. Neutrogena Beach Defense, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer, and Aveeno Protect + Refresh are among the J&J sunscreens have been recalled.