Sparta, NJ, January 24, 2023
Last month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with Health Canada, posted information about the recall of a high-end brand of laundry detergent, fabric conditioner and various household cleaning products due to potential microbial contamination.
The recalled products can contain bacteria, including Burkholderia cepacia complex, Klebsiella aerogenes and multiple different species of Pseudomonas, many of which are environmental organisms found widely in soil and water, and some may also be found in humans. People with weakened immune systems, external medical devices, and underlying lung conditions who are exposed to the bacteria face a risk of serious infection that may require medical treatment. The bacteria can enter the body if inhaled, or through the eyes or a break in the skin. People with healthy immune systems are usually not affected by the bacteria.
The announcement also states that the company behind the recall is aware of 11 consumers who have reported Pseudomonas infections and it is investigating to see if there is any connection to the recalled products. Approximately 227,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada and around 8 million were sold in the United States. The products were sold online and through upmarket retailers. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled products.
Helping manufacturers prevent these types of costly product recalls, and the health risks associated with contaminated products reaching consumers, are the microbial testing experts at MPL Laboratories. Their scientists provide microbial testing for a broad spectrum of cosmetic and personal care products. All testing takes place in MPL’s FDA registered and cGMP, ISO 17025 compliant laboratory to ensure the highest quality results.
To learn more about product testing services provided by MPL Laboratories, please visit www.MPLLaboratories.com, call (800) 548-1874 or email info@MPLLaboratories.com.
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.