- Authorities ordered the recall of several sunscreens sold in the United States.
- Sunscreen removal is due to the discovery of a carcinogenic chemical.
- Five sunscreens contain the element that could cause cancer in people.
The pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) ordered the recall of five sunscreens from the Neutrogena and Aveeno brands after having detected a carcinogenic element called benzene in some samples, the Efe news agency reported.
In a release cited by the aforementioned information agency and Fox 4 News, Johnson & Johnson announced that it was voluntarily recalling all of these products after “low levels” of benzene were detected in some samples.
Sunscreen Retreat in the USA
In turn, the company explained that it is investigating how the substance of benzene reached some of its products, since it is not an ingredient that is used for the sunscreens they make.
The five protectors that have been recalled, four from Neutrogena and one from Aveeno, were applied through aerosols, the Efe news agency detailed in its report published on Thursday.
Order removal of sunscreens after finding carcinogenic substance
Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid that can cause cancer depending on the level of exposure to which the person is subjected, said the aforementioned news agency in its publication.
Johnson & Johnson stated that, according to their research, exposure to benzene in their creams will not have adverse health consequences, and asserted that the recall of sunscreens was done as a “precaution.”
Sunscreens that are taken out of stores
Fox 4 News said the recall includes Neutrogena’s Beach Defense, Cool Dry Sport, Invisible Daily Defense and Ultra Sheer spray sunscreens, as well as Aveeno’s Protect + Refresh spray sunscreen.
Quoting the company, Fox 4 News mentioned that benzene is a human carcinogen that could cause cancer depending on the level of exposure, and that the organic chemical compound is present in the environment and humans are exposed to it on a daily basis from multiple sources. . He noted that benzene can be absorbed through the skin or taken by mouth.
The harmful element is present in the environment
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), also cited by Fox 4, the chemical is emitted from cars and from burning coal and oil.
In addition, the company noted that, according to the guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency, the level of benzene detected in the sunscreens that caused the recall is not expected to produce adverse health conditions in consumers, but the ‘recall’ it is in effect due to extreme caution.
They ask customers to discard the five sunscreens
In its report, Fox 4 noted that the company urged consumers to stop using and discard the five products mentioned, adding that refunds are available through orders placed with Johnson & Johnson.
Despite the current incident, the company still promotes the use of sunscreen and claims that it is essential for public health, as it prevents melanoma caused by excessive sun exposure.
Tyson Foods Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds of Chicken Products
On the other hand, at the beginning of the month company Tyson Foods ordered a ‘recall ‘ of approximately 8.5 million pounds of frozen cooked chicken products at risk of possible listeria contamination.
The company and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture announced the recall on Saturday, July 3, which affects the entire country, due to an outbreak that had caused at least five patients so far, including a deceased, reviewed USA Today.
Tyson Foods called for nationwide recall
The recall included Tyson-brand products and private-label restaurant products, which included Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza and Little Caesars. The products were shipped to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, and schools.
“We are taking this step as a precaution and in accordance with our commitment to safety,” said Scott Brooks, senior vice president of food safety and quality assurance for Tyson Foods, in a press release.
Products affected were produced at a plant in Missouri
According to Tyson Foods, the affected products may have been contaminated at a plant located in Dexter, Missouri, between December 26 and April 13. Each package of recalled products had the establishment code P-7089.
The chicken company had not yet released the list of retailers that sold the affected products until July 4, but it was expected to be available on the USDA website in the future, according to the Tyson press release.
Without conclusive evidence
The company said it has been working with the USDA on the recall and assured that “while there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, the voluntary recall was initiated as a precaution.”
The USDA said that consumers should not eat the products and should throw them away or return them. The CDC advised companies not to serve or sell the recalled products.
No other Tyson products were affected by the recall
“No other Tyson products will be affected by the recall, including but not limited to fresh Tyson brand chickens; frozen raw chicken products or chicken nuggets, ”the company said at the time.
Consumers with questions about the recall can call or text 1-855-382-3101, the company said, noting that customer service representatives will be available Sunday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.
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