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Bacterial Contamination Testing

Category Press Release
Publish Date 5/11/2022
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Bacterial Contamination Concerns Result in the Recall of Bubble Bath for Babies
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides microbial testing services for personal care products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other consumer goods at its FDA registered, cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing facility.
Sparta, New Jersey, May 11th, 2022

In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about the voluntary recall of two lots of a bubble bath product marketed for use by babies and sold at select retailers in the United States. The recall was initiated due to potential contamination by a type of bacteria known as Pluralibacter gergoviae.

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. According to the recall posting by the FDA, while infants may be more susceptible than adults, Pluralibacter gergoviae does not usually cause healthy individuals to become sick. However, it may pose a risk of infection to those who are immunocompromised or have broken or irritated skin, such as diaper rash.

Dedicated to helping manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, regulatory agencies, and others avoid these types of costly product recalls that could put consumers at risk are the scientists at MPL Laboratories. They deliver cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant microbiology testing in their FDA and DEA facility.

MPL Laboratories has decades of experience providing cost-effective solutions to identify and resolve a broad range of industry challenges and concerns. Services include microbial testing of raw ingredients, finished products, production surfaces, and the water used for manufacturing. They also offer antimicrobial effectiveness testing, along with other microbial testing services.

To learn more about personal care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods product testing and development services, or other 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 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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