Target Corp stated on Friday it has eliminated Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) Neutrogena aerosol sunscreen merchandise from its shops and web site after the pharmaceutical firm stated it had detected a cancer-causing chemical in some samples.
Pharmacy chains CVS Well being Corp, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and retailer Walmart Inc have additionally pulled J&J’s sunscreen off their cabinets.
J&J on Wednesday voluntarily recalled 5 Neutrogena and Aveeno model aerosol sunscreens and suggested shoppers to cease utilizing the merchandise and discard them after inner testing discovered low ranges of benzene in some sprays.
The recall comes two months after on-line pharmacy Valisure filed a petition with the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA), saying it had discovered ranges of benzene that had been greater than really useful in over a dozen merchandise that present safety or reduction in opposition to sunburns, together with sprays and lotions.
Walmart stated on Thursday it had began eradicating the affected merchandise and prospects who had purchased the objects might return them for a refund. CVS and Walgreens stated they had been complying with the recall.
CVS added that it had additionally halted gross sales of two of its sunburn therapeutic merchandise, which had been in Valisure’s petition. Different merchandise discovered to have benzene above the really useful ranges had been from privately held Fruit of the Earth and Sunbum.
The 2 firms didn’t instantly reply to Reuters requests for remark.
Benzene is classed as a substance that may doubtlessly trigger most cancers relying on the extent and extent of publicity.
J&J stated benzene will not be an ingredient in its sunscreen merchandise and it was investigating the reason for the contamination.
“Each day publicity to benzene in these aerosol sunscreen merchandise on the ranges detected in our testing wouldn’t be anticipated to trigger opposed well being penalties,” the corporate stated.
J&J’s recalled aerosol sunscreens are Neutrogena Seashore Protection, Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport, Neutrogena Invisible Each day protection, Neutrogena Extremely Sheer and Aveeno Shield + Refresh.
The corporate is involved with different regulatory businesses over the recall, a J&J spokesperson stated, including that Wednesday’s announcement was particular to the voluntary motion taken in the US.