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12 Wilson Drive
Sparta, NJ 07871

Phone: 973-300-9715
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Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/17/2020
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Mouthwash Recalled in the United States and Canada Due to Potential Microbial Contamination
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides microbial and sterility testing services for personal care products, consumer goods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals in its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility.
Sparta, NJ, November 17th, 2020

A Texas company recently announced the recall of an antioxidant mouthwash that was distributed in the United States and Canada. The recall notice was published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which specifically mentions potential microbiological contamination exceeding the specified criteria.

According to the recall and safety alert posted by the Government of Canada, “Some of the recalled products (lot #CU59) may have the presence of a common household microorganism, Pluralibacter gergoviae. Individuals with weakened immune systems, who suffer from a serious pre-existing condition, who have been treated surgically, or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at particular risk of infection if they use the contaminated product.”

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. In fact, a body wash was recalled earlier this year due to concerns over this same microorganism.

MPL Laboratories delivers cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant microbiology testing in its FDA and DEA registered facility. They offer microbial testing of raw ingredients, finished products, production surfaces and water used for manufacturing. MPL also offers antimicrobial effectiveness and sterility testing, along with the microbial examination of nonsterile products. These services can be essential for developing safe products that also maintain a superior shelf life.

With over 30 years of experience, MPL’s scientists provide these cost-effective solutions to help a broad range of industry challenges. These services are available to manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, regulatory agencies, healthcare professionals and others.

To learn more about MPL’s product testing and development or other sterility and microbial analysis, 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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