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Carcinogen Found in Neutrogena Sunscreens Class Action

This class action pertains to sunscreens from the Neutrogena Corporation. The complaint alleges that the Neutrogena sunscreens contain benzene, which it calls “a carcinogenic impurity that has been linked to leukemia and other cancers.” The presence of benzene, the complaint claims, makes the sunscreens “adulterated and misbranded” and “illegal to sell under federal law…”

The class for this action is all persons in the US who bought the products at issue. A subclass has also been defined for those who bought the products at issue in Florida. The products are the following:

  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Oil-Free Body Sunscreen Spray-SPF 100
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray Body Sunscreen SPF 50

The complaint alleges, “Benzene is a component of crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke, and is one of the elementary petrochemicals.” It cites a number of negative findings for benzene, including the following:

  • “The Department of Health and Human Services has determined that benzene causes cancer in humans.”
  • “Likewise, the Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA’) lists benzene as a ‘Class 1 solvent’ that ‘should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substances, excipients, and drug products because of [its] unacceptable toxicity.”
  • “Benzene is associated with blood cancers such as leukemia.”
  • “A study from 1939 on benzene stated that ‘exposure over a long period of time to any concentration of benzene greater than zero is not safe…’”
  • “According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, humans can become exposed to benzene through ‘inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, skin and/or eye contact.’”

Many sunscreens claim they help stop sunburn and decrease the risks of skin cancer and early aging. These are drug claims, so these sunscreens are subject to review by the FDA.

According to the complaint, an online pharmacy called Valisure was “investigating the carcinogenic potential of active ingredients in sun care products” when it found high levels of benzene in some sunscreens. Valisure found that the Neutrogena products contained amounts of benzene that exceeded the FDA’s limit of two parts per million (2 ppm). The average amounts in the products varied from 2.64 ppm to 6.77 ppm.

The complaint says that Valisure investigated whether the benzene might have been formed by the degradation of other ingredients with similar chemical structures, but did not find any benzene in this manner. According to the complaint, the presence of benzene in the Neutrogena products must be the result of contamination.

The complaint thus says that the presence of benzene is “not unavoidable” and should not be accepted.

Valisure, the complaint alleges, has asked the FDA to recall batches of Neutrogena products that are contaminated with benzene. However, the complaint says that Neutrogena has not yet pulled the products from the shelves.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Carcinogen Found in Neutrogena Sunscreens Complaint

June 21, 2021

This class action pertains to sunscreens from the Neutrogena Corporation. The complaint alleges that the Neutrogena sunscreens contain benzene, which it calls “a carcinogenic impurity that has been linked to leukemia and other cancers.” The presence of benzene, the complaint claims, makes the sunscreens “adulterated and misbranded” and “illegal to sell under federal law…”

Carcinogen Found in Neutrogena Sunscreens Complaint

Case Event History

Carcinogen Found in Neutrogena Sunscreens Complaint

June 21, 2021

This class action pertains to sunscreens from the Neutrogena Corporation. The complaint alleges that the Neutrogena sunscreens contain benzene, which it calls “a carcinogenic impurity that has been linked to leukemia and other cancers.” The presence of benzene, the complaint claims, makes the sunscreens “adulterated and misbranded” and “illegal to sell under federal law…”

Carcinogen Found in Neutrogena Sunscreens Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Fraudulent Concealment, Misbranded