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Sparta, NJ 07871

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Microbial Testing of Cosmetics

Category Press Release
Publish Date 7/9/2021
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Body Cream Recalled Due to Potential Yeast Contamination
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing services to detect microbial contaminants and sterility concerns in cosmetics, over-the-counter medicines, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products.
Sparta, NJ, June 9th, 2021

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information about the voluntary recall of a body cream due to the potential for the product to contain high levels of yeast. The product is from a New York company and includes one lot of the body cream packaged in 4-ounce containers. Hundreds of units are part of the recall which had been distributed within the United States.

There are several ways that microorganisms, such as yeast, can get into cosmetics according to the FDA. These include:
  • Contaminated raw materials, water, or other ingredients
  • Poor manufacturing conditions
  • Ingredients that encourage the growth of microorganisms, without an effective preservative system
  • Packaging that doesn’t protect a product adequately
  • Poor shipping or storage conditions
  • Consumer use, such as the need to dip fingers into the product

The cosmetic testing experts at MPL Laboratories analyze a wide variety of raw and finished products for microbial contamination. Their scientists utilize a dedicated FDA and DEA registered facility that offers cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant microbiology testing of cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and other consumer goods. This product testing approach not only helps to protect consumers, it is also instrumental for helping companies avoid the expenses associated with product recalls. MPL’s testing services are available to manufacturers, packagers, importers, distributors, retailers, and regulatory agencies.

To learn more about microbial testing of cosmetics, OTC medicines, pharmaceuticals, personal care products or other goods, 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 cGMP compliant, FDA and DEA registered, ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by PJLA, 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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