What is Being Done About Benzene in Sunscreen?
On May 24, 2021, Valisure issued a petition to the FDA calling on the agency to recall batches of sunscreen and after-sun care products it identified as having levels of benzene that put human health at risk. The petition also calls on the FDA to take several steps to protect the public including:
- Conducting investigations into the manufacturing of sun care products
- Notifying the public about the presence of benzene in the products and recommending safer alternatives
- Developing guidance documents for the analysis of benzene in sunscreen products.
“The presence of this known human carcinogen in sunscreen products widely recommended for the prevention of skin cancer and regularly used by adults and children in large volumes make this finding especially troubling,” Valisure said in the petition.
Timeline of Benzene in Sunscreen
Late 2020 Valisure expands its testing
Valisure expands its testing capabilities to include analysis for benzene.
May 2021 Benzene detected – Sunscreen
Benzene found in sunscreens. (Source: Valisure)
July 14, 2021 Recall
Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen products recalled. (Source: FDA)
Sept. 30, 2021 Recall
Coppertone sunscreen products recalled. (Source: FDA)
Oct. 8, 2021 Federal lawsuits consolidated in Florida
Federal benzene in sunscreen lawsuits were consolidated under U.S. District Judge Anuraag Singhal in Florida. (Source: Law360)
Feb. 8, 2022 Beasley Allen appointed as class counsel
Judge Singhal appointed Beasley Allen and four other firms as class counsel in the Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Litigation. (Source: FLSD.uscourts.gov)
Mar. 28, 2022 Preliminary approval for class action settlement agreement
Judge Singhal entered an order preliminarily approving the class action settlement agreement. (Source: FLSD.uscourts.gov)
Benzene in Sunscreen Lawyers
High levels of benzene—a known carcinogen—have been detected in several brands and batches of popular sunscreens and after-sun care products. Benzene is a colorless or light-yellow liquid chemical used in a variety of industrial and household products. But it is dangerous. Benzene exposure has been linked to cancer and other illnesses.
Our firm has the resources to represent clients throughout the country while never losing sight of the individual. If you or a loved one have regularly used sunscreen and been diagnosed with cancer such as leukemia or lymphoma, we can help.
Let us put our resources to work for you. If you are an attorney, we can competently and conscientiously assist you in handling any group of cases, no matter how large.
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