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12 Wilson Drive
Sparta, NJ 07871

Phone: 973-300-9715
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Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Testing

Category Press Release
Publish Date 6/23/2020
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Cosmetic Concealer Sold Nationwide Recalled Due to Mold Concerns
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides sterility and microbial testing services for a wide range of cosmetics and personal care products in its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility.
Sparta, NJ, June 23rd, 2020

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information about a voluntary recall of a cosmetic product due to mold contamination concerns. The cosmetic concealer, produced in the United States, was sold nationwide.

According to the recall notice published by the FDA, the company announced that out of an abundance of caution, and in line with its commitment to consumer satisfaction and safety, the firm is voluntarily recalling all shades of the product because a brownish-black material identified as a common household mold was found on the sponge-tip applicator of some units. The firm states that while this is unlikely to cause serious injury there is a potential risk of temporary skin and/or eye allergy and irritation.

Health professionals have long recognized that molds produce allergens, irritants and in some cases, toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate or delayed. Repeated or a single exposure to mold, mold spores or mold fragments may cause non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive to mold. Repeated exposures have the potential to increase sensitivity. As an irritant, mold can bother people’s eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs, even if they are not allergic to mold.

MPL Laboratories provides cost-effective solutions to identify and resolve a broad range of industry challenges involving microorganisms and sterility concerns. These services can be essential for developing exceptional products that maintain a superior shelf life. MPL Laboratories is FDA and DEA licensed, and operates a cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility. Their services are available to manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, regulatory agencies and others.

To learn more about cosmetic or personal care product testing and development, or other sterility and microbiological testing services provided by MPL Laboratories, please visit, call (800) 548-1874 or email

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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