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Microbial Testing Laboratory

Category Press Release
Publish Date 8/9/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Dietary Supplements Recalled Due to Microbial Contamination Concerns
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides sterility and other microbial testing services in its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility to help prevent costly recalls.

Sparta, NJ, August 9th, 2019

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information from an Arizona company that produces dietary supplements for humans. The firm announced it was voluntarily recalling four of its products meant to support immune health because of microbial contamination concerns.

The company initiated the recall of the dietary supplements due to potential contamination with Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. This opportunistic pathogen is multidrug-resistant and can cause respiratory infections in people, especially those with a weakened or suppressed immune system. The potential for contamination was discovered after routine testing by the company had detected elevated aerobic plate counts in samples of the product. After completing additional testing, the firm determined that the products may be contaminated with Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.

The recalled products are oral sprays packaged in 5 ounce plastic bottles. The items were distributed nationwide via online sales and through some retail establishments in Arizona and California. They were also distributed in Switzerland. At the time of the recall notice, no illnesses had been reported to the company, but consumers are still being advised to stop using the products immediately and to return them for a refund.

The scientists at MPL Laboratories test dietary supplements to help prevent these types of costly product recalls due to microbial contamination concerns. MPL Laboratories operates a FDA registered and DEA licensed testing facility that offers cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant sterility and microbial testing services. These services are available to dietary supplement, homeopathic, over-the-counter (OTC) and pharmaceutical companies. Testing is also offered to other manufacturers, packagers, importers, distributors, retailers, regulatory agencies and healthcare providers.

To learn more about this or other supplement, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, beverage or consumer product testing services provided by MPL Laboratories, please visit www.MPLLaboratories.com, call (800) 548-1874 or email info@MPLLaboratories.com.


About MPL Laboratories
MPL Laboratories (formerly Marypaul Laboratories) was founded in 1985 as a full service microbiology laboratory. It is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by PJLA, FDA and DEA registered, and NJDEP certified. MPL’s staff includes a PhD Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, M.S. and B.S. degreed microbiologists, and other dedicated scientists. The microbiology testing laboratory serves the pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic, personal care and food industries. MPL aims to provide its clients with high quality, reliable test data in a timely manner. The laboratory is part of the EMSL Analytical network of over 40 laboratories across the United States and Canada.

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