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12 Wilson Drive
Sparta, NJ 07871

Phone: 973-300-9715
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Microbial Contamination Testing

Category Press Release
Publish Date 3/22/2022
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Natural Laxative Recalled Due to Potential Microbial Contamination
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides microbial testing services for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, pharmaceuticals, supplements, personal care products, cosmetics and other consumer goods at its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility.
Sparta, NJ, March 22nd, 2022

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently posted information about the recall of one lot of a natural vegetable laxative to the consumer level due to potential microbial contamination. The voluntary recall was initiated by a company in Massachusetts that provides drug repackaging and dispensing services.

According to the recall notice:
Use of contaminated product by the elderly, patients with a weakened immune system, or patients at a higher risk of developing life-threatening inflammation of the heart, could result in infections that could be life-threatening.

Fortunately, at the time of the recall posting, the company had not received any reports of adverse events related to the recall. The product was distributed to a wholesaler who may have further distributed it to clinics, hospitals, and healthcare providers. Consumers, distributors, and retailers that have the recalled product are advised to stop using it and to return it to the place of purchase.

Dedicated to helping to prevent contaminated products from ever reaching consumers, and the high costs associated with product recalls, are the scientists at MPL Laboratories. Their product testing experts work with manufacturers, packaging companies, distributors, retailers, importers, regulatory agencies, and healthcare professionals. All microbial and sterility testing takes place in MPL’s FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant laboratory to ensure the highest quality results.

To learn more about product 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 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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