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Neutrogena and Aveeno Sunscreens Benzene Content Class Action

The complaint begins by pointing out, “Consumers purchase sunscreen in order to decrease the risk of developing skin cancer.” But what if a sunscreen contains a carcinogen? The complaint for this class action brings suit against Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. (JJCI) for its Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreens, alleging that they contain benzene, a substance that can increase the risk of cancer.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all consumers who bought any of the sunscreen products in the US for personal use. A Florida Class has also been defined for those who bought the sunscreen products in Florida.

Benzene is found in crude oil. It is used to make other chemicals, such as plastics, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. A number of diseases have been found to be caused by or linked to benzene, including leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and anemia.

The US Department of Health and Health Services, the World Health Organization, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer all consider benzene to be a carcinogen.

According to the complaint, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) “recommends protective equipment be worn by any worker expecting to be exposed to benzene at concentrations of 0.1 ppm for over 10 hours or 1 ppm for 15 minutes, and lists ‘skin absorption’ as one way a person could be exposed to dangerous levels of benzene.”

Also, the complaint quotes the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as saying that benzene “should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substances, excipients, and drug products because of their unacceptable toxicity or … deleterious environmental effect.” If the use of benzene is “unavoidable,” the complaint says, it should be present in concentrations of 2 parts per million (ppm) or less.

In May 2021, Valisure, an independent laboratory, claimed it had found benzene in certain JJCI sunscreens, including at levels of over 2 ppm in ten batches of sunscreens, and in some cases, at levels of over 6 ppm. On May 24, 2021, Valisure asked the FDA recall the products.

The complaint claims that JJCI “waited months before recalling five of its products.” The recalled products include the following:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer aerosol sunscreen
  • Aveeno Protext + Refresh aerosol sunscreen
  • However, the complaint says, other JJCI products that “contain dangerously high levels of benzene remain on the market.” For the names of these, see the Valisure citizen petition to the FDA attached to the complaint below as Exhibit A.
Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Neutrogena and Aveeno Sunscreens Benzene Content Complaint

August 2, 2021

The complaint begins by pointing out, “Consumers purchase sunscreen in order to decrease the risk of developing skin cancer.” But what if a sunscreen contains a carcinogen? The complaint for this class action brings suit against Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. (JJCI) for its Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreens, alleging that they contain benzene, a substance that can increase the risk of cancer.

Neutrogena and Aveeno Sunscreens Benzene Content Complaint

Case Event History

Neutrogena and Aveeno Sunscreens Benzene Content Complaint

August 2, 2021

The complaint begins by pointing out, “Consumers purchase sunscreen in order to decrease the risk of developing skin cancer.” But what if a sunscreen contains a carcinogen? The complaint for this class action brings suit against Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. (JJCI) for its Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreens, alleging that they contain benzene, a substance that can increase the risk of cancer.

Neutrogena and Aveeno Sunscreens Benzene Content Complaint
Tags: Cancer Risk, Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Defective Product