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Sparta, NJ 07871

Phone: 973-300-9715
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Category Press Release
Publish Date 9/22/2020
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Hair Balm Recalled Due to Fungal Contamination Concerns
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides microbial, sterility, preservation and product development testing services for cosmetics and personal care products in its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility.
Sparta, NJ, September 22nd, 2020

Last month, the Government of Canada announced the recall of a hair balm product designed for men due to potential mold contamination. The product was manufactured by an American company and the lots being recalled were sold in Canada from May through August of this year.

According to the recall notice, “Some of the recalled products may exhibit the presence of a common household mold, Penicillium concentricum, which may cause allergies or similar symptoms.” Consumers have been advised to immediately stop using the recalled product and contact the place of purchase for a refund.

Dedicated to helping manufacturers, importers, regulatory agencies and health professionals protect consumers and prevent these types of costly product recalls are the scientists at MPL Laboratories. Their consumer product testing specialists deliver cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant microbiology testing in an FDA and DEA registered facility.

MPL Laboratories’ scientists provide cost-effective testing solutions to identify and resolve a broad range of industry challenges and concerns for clients across North America. They offer microbial testing of raw ingredients, finished products, production surfaces and water used in the manufacturing process. They also offer antimicrobial effectiveness and sterility testing, along with the microbial examination of nonsterile products and other microbial inquiries. These testing services can be essential for developing safe products that maintain a superior shelf life.

To learn more about personal care product or cosmetic testing and development services, or for other sterility and 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 laboratories across the United States and Canada.
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