Valisure found that nearly 25% of the 294 products it investigated tested positive for benzene. The company filed a citizen’s petition asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue mandatory recalls on 40 products that contain higher levels of the toxin.
In all, the company tested sunscreens and skincare products from 69 companies. The brands with higher levels of benzene include Neutrogena, CVS Health, Fruit of the Earth and Sun Bum. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said recalls should have happened sooner.
How do I know if my sunscreen is a hazard?
J&J urged customers to discard unused portions of the products listed in its recall notice. However, what about the dozens of brands on Valisure’s list? Since benzene isn’t meant to be included in these products, checking ingredient lists on packaging won’t help.