Texas can get extremely hot during the summer, and sunscreen is necessary to avoid dangerous burns. However, you may want to be picky about which brand of sunscreen you purchase. Several sunscreen products have been pulled off the shelves due to cancer-causing ingredients.
Benzene found in sunscreen products
In July, Johnson & Johnson had to recall five of its aerosol sunscreen products after benzene, a known carcinogen, was found in them. CVS pulled two sunscreen products from its store shelves for the same problem.
The recalls happened after an online pharmacy called Valisure LLC found trace amounts of benzene during independent testing of several sunscreen products. Valisure notified the Food and Drug Administration about what it found and petitioned for an investigation.
Benzene is not an ingredient in sunscreen
Johnson & Johnson said that further testing of its products confirmed the presence of benzene. However, the company claims that there are such low levels of the carcinogen that it shouldn’t cause health issues.
The FDA has advised consumers to stop using benzene-containing sunscreen products immediately. Some of the defective products are:
• Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen
• Neutrogena spray sunscreens
• CVS Health After Sun Aloe Vera Gel
• CVS Health After Sun Aloe Vera Spray
Liability for carcinogens
Defective products that contain carcinogens can cause devastating long-term health problems. However, it is often difficult to trace the origin of a person’s cancer diagnosis to one product. Consequently, many people who developed cancer due to benzene or other carcinogens don’t know that the root of their problem was a defective product. If you were diagnosed with cancer, it’s possible that it was caused by a contaminated product.