A popular sunscreen product is being pulled from shelves and is currently being recalled after small traces of the chemical benzene have been found in some of the products.
Parent company, Johnson & Johnson Pacific Pty Ltd is recalling all batches of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+ (aerosol sunscreen) because benzene has been detected in some batches supplied in Australia.
Neutrogena released an official statement , “Out of an abundance of caution we are recalling all batches of this specific aerosol sunscreen product. Internal testing identified low levels of benzene in a small number of samples. Exposure to benzene in this sunscreen product at the levels detected would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.”
All batches with an expiry date of 30th August 2023 or earlier should not be used due to possible health risks linked to benzene. If you have any of the product, you are being advised to discard the products and visit the www.neutrogena.com.au website to request a refund.
What is bezene and what are the risks? The TGA states, “Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, a substance that could potentially cause cancer depending on the level and extent of exposure. It is not an ingredient in this product but is sometimes used in medicine manufacturing processes.”
The company is assuring us, the rest of the Neutrogena sun care portfolio – including lotions, sticks and pump face mist sunscreens is not impacted and continues to be available to consumers.