Johnson & Johnson announced a sunscreen recall after both independent and internal testing indicated that some Aveeno and Neutrogena brand products were contaminated with benzene, a known human carcinogen. CVS has also ended sales of two store-brand sun-care products found to contain cancer-causing benzene.
Our defective product lawyers believe any consumer who developed cancer or other benzene-relate ailments after using a recalled sunscreen product may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages, including:
To learn if you qualify to file a Sunscreen Cancer Lawsuit, please fill out our online form or call (888) 994-5118 to contact our office directly.
On July 14, Johnson & Johnson announced a sunscreen recall for the following aerosol product after internal testing detected “low levels” of benzene in some samples:
The recall came just weeks after the online pharmacy Valisure announced its independent testing had detected benzene in a number of sunscreen and sun-care products sold by Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers, including:
According to Valisure, 27% of the sunscreen samples it tested contained detectable levels of benzene, and several contained almost three times the concentration limit set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) of 2 parts per million.
On July 15th, CVS announced it would no longer sell two store-brand sun-care products — CVS Health After Sun Aloe Vera and CVS After Sun Aloe Vera Spray – because of benzene concerns.
Benzene is a chemical used to make plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers. It’s also used to manufacture some types of lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides.
Outdoor air contains low levels of benzene from tobacco smoke, gas stations, motor vehicle exhaust, and industrial emissions. Indoor air generally has higher levels, usually from glues, paints, furniture wax, and detergents that contain benzene. The air around hazardous waste sites or gas stations can contain higher levels of benzene than air in other areas. Benzene has also been known to contaminate water sources after leaking from underground tanks or hazardous waste sites.
People working in industries that make or use benzene may be exposed to the highest level.
Research has shown that there’s no safe level of benzene exposure. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the World Health Organization all classify benzene as a known human carcinogen due to its strong association with various blood cancers, including:
In addition to cancer, benzene exposure can cause bone marrow to produce inadequate numbers of red blood cells, leading to aplastic anemia. The chemical can also damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells. Benzene exposure has also been linked to neurological symptoms and excessive bleeding.
The FDA currently designates benzene as a “class 1” solvent that should not be used in drug production as a result of its high toxicity levels. However, the agency’s current allowable limit of 2ppm concentration does not include sunscreen manufacturing.
Benzene in sunscreen is particularly concerning, as multiple studies have shown high levels of sunscreen product chemicals present in the blood following application to the skin.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now offering free lawsuit reviews to consumers who may have developed cancer or other health issues associated with benzene in sunscreen, including:
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