Urgent recall of one of Australia’s most popular sunscreens after it was found to contain a cancer-causing chemical
- Popular Neutrogena aerosol sunscreen recalled by the TGA on Monday, August 2
- Carcinogenic chemical benzene has been found in some batches of the product
- Neutrogena said the product was recalled ‘out of an abundance of caution’
Johnson & Johnson owned the Neutrogena sunscreen product
A popular brand of sunscreen has been urgently recalled after traces of a cancer-causing chemical were discovered in some batches.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration issued the recall warning Monday for the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+ (aerosol sunscreen) owned by Johnson & Johnson.
Any batches with an expiration date of August 30, 2023 or earlier should not be used due to potential health risks associated with the chemical benzene.
Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen – a substance that has the potential to cause cancer – depending on the level and degree of exposure.
Although the TGA said the chemical is not an ingredient in the Neutrogena product, it is sometimes used in drug manufacturing processes.
Neutrogena released a statement saying the product was being recalled “as a precaution” and levels of benzene detected in the small number of samples were low.
The TGA has limits on the concentration of the chemical that must be less than two parts per million in drugs, including sunscreens that are listed as drugs in Australia.
The Johnson & Johnson product was found to contain benzene in concentrations of less than three parts per million in two of the 17 batches delivered to Australia.
The TGA said the levels detected in the product are not expected to cause serious health effects, but Neutrogena said the recall was made “out of an abundance of caution.”
The TGA notes that the levels detected are not expected to cause serious adverse health effects.
Consumers are urged to discard the product and request a refund through the Neutrogena website as all unsold sunscreen products will be removed from the market.
Last month, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled five of its Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen products in the US due to the detection of low levels of benzene in samples of the products.