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MPL Laboratories
12 Wilson Drive
Sparta, NJ 07871

Phone: 973-300-9715
A Full Service Microbiology Laboratory


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Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Lab Testing

Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/23/2020
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Recall Announced After Pluralibacter gergoviae Detected in Body Wash
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides microbial testing services for cosmetics and personal care products in its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility.
Sparta, NJ, July 23rd, 2020

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about the voluntary recall of thousands of units of a body wash. The product was sold nationwide and two lots were part of the recall due to potential microbial contamination. According to the FDA posting, product testing by the manufacturer revealed the presence of Pluralibacter gergoviae in the body wash.

Pluralibacter gergoviae, formerly known as Enterobacter gergoviae, is a Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) that is also an opportunistic pathogen. It has been associated with antibiotic-resistant outbreaks in hospitals and has been a recurrent contaminant in cosmetics and personal care products over the years.

With over 30 years of experience, MPL Laboratories’ scientists provide cost-effective solutions to identify and resolve a broad range of industry challenges and concerns. They deliver cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant microbiology testing in their FDA and DEA registered facility. MPL Laboratories provides microbial testing of raw ingredients, finished products, production surfaces and the water used for manufacturing.

They also offer antimicrobial effectiveness testing along with the microbial examination of nonsterile products and many other microbial inquiries. These testing services can be essential for developing safe products that also maintain a superior shelf life. Testing is available to manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, regulatory agencies and others.

To learn more about cosmetic or personal care product testing and the microbial 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 M.S. and B.S. degreed microbiologists and other dedicated scientists. The microbiology testing laboratory serves the pharmaceutical, 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, Inc. network of over 45 laboratories across the United States and Canada.
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