Johnson & Johnson is recalling a number of aerosol sunscreens, together with Neutrogena Seaside Protection and Extremely Sheer sunscreens for adults and youngsters, after the corporate detected elevated ranges of benzene.
In keeping with an advisory launched by Well being Canada on Saturday, the contamination was first recognized by Valisure, an unbiased U.S. high quality assurance firm.
Testing revealed elevated ranges of benzene in a number of sunscreen and after-sun merchandise produced by Johnson & Johnson within the U.S. Since then, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration has issued a recall of 5 of the corporate’s merchandise.
Benzene is a chemical that may be absorbed, to various levels, by inhalation, by means of the pores and skin, and orally.
The advisory issued by Well being Canada contains seven Neutrogena Seaside Protection and Extremely Sheer sunscreen merchandise. A whole listing of the affected merchandise may be discovered on Well being Canada’s web site.
Well being Canada says quick indicators of publicity can embrace drowsiness, dizziness, speedy or irregular heartbeat and complications. Repeat or long-term publicity to the substance may additionally result in critical well being points like most cancers, anemia, and bone marrow failure.
“The security of well being merchandise that Canadians depend on is a precedence for Well being Canada,” the advisory notes. “Well being Canada’s evaluation is ongoing. This contains figuring out if sunscreens and different forms of merchandise (i.e. after-sun merchandise) bought by different firms could also be affected in Canada, and evaluating the problem to determine potential causes and danger mitigation measures.”
Regardless of the recall of some merchandise, the company continues to emphasize how necessary it’s that folks proceed to make use of sunscreen to guard themselves from ultraviolet radiation that may trigger most cancers and different pores and skin and well being points.
“Well being Canada recommends broad-spectrum sunscreen (one that gives safety from each ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays) with a Solar Safety Issue (SPF) of 30 or larger to forestall sunburn and to cut back the chance of creating pores and skin most cancers,” the company suggested. “Anybody with a recognized historical past of extreme reactions to daylight ought to keep out of the solar as a lot as attainable and at all times use sunscreen and different sun-protective measures.”