Johnson & Johnson Recalls 5 Aerosol Sunscreens After Finding Carcinogen Traces

NEUTROGENA® aerosol spray sunscreen carcinogen A survivor of leukemia is suing Johnson & Johnson alleging that its over-the-counter NEUTROGENA® aerosol spray sunscreen exposed him to a carcinogen that caused his leukemia.

Alex Farris, a 43-year-old husband and father, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood that rarely occurs in adults. Benzene, a known carcinogen, has been linked to some cancers of the blood, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

On July 14, 2021, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., voluntarily recalled all lots of five NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines to the consumer level. The recall came in response to a citizen petition issued by Valisure LLC, to the Food & Drug Administration, on May 24, 2021. Valisure LLC is an analytical pharmacy dedicated to consumer safety and based in New Haven, Connecticut. Valisure says it “tested and detected high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in several brands and batches of sunscreen [made by Johnson & Johnson].”

Valisure then petitioned the FDA, asking for a recall of the sunscreen and requesting that the FDA “better define limits for benzene contamination in drug and cosmetic products.” After the Valisure petition, Johnson & Johnson internally tested the aerosol and then through Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., issued a voluntary recall of specific NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® aerosol sunscreen product lines.

Johnson & Johnson characterizes the presence of benzene in the recalled aerosol sunscreens as “low” even though Valisure says the levels it detected were “high.”

No level of benzene, though, is safe for humans.

The attorneys at Southern Med Law ( and Heninger Garrison Davis ( are leading the national litigation involving benzene contamination from aerosolized sunscreen products including four Johnson & Johnson Neutrogena sunscreen products: Beach Defense aerosol sunscreen, Cool Dry Sport aerosol sunscreen, Invisible Daily Defense aerosol sunscreen an Ultra-Sheer aerosol sunscreen. Extended daily exposure to these products could put users at increased risk of low-level benzene toxicity which can lead to bone marrow suppression, pancytopenia, and certain forms of leukemia. Heninger Garrison Davis has a national reputation as a premier mass tort, class action, and pharma litigation firm and has represented thousands of clients nationwide. Southern Med Law is a boutique trial firm specializing in medical devices and medical negligence.

If you or a loved one used NEUTROGENA® or AVEENO® aerosol spray sunscreen and has suffered from acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma, or non-Hodgkin lymphoma, please contact Heninger Garrison Davis to learn more about this evolving litigation at 800-241-9779 or

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