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Sparta, NJ 07871

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Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/30/2017
Author Joseph Frasca
Title Shampoo Recall Announced After Bacteria Contamination Discovered
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides cGMP and ISO 17025 compliant testing services for a wide range of bacteria and contaminants in cosmetics and consumer products.

Sparta, NJ, October 24th, 2017


Recently, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a skin care and cosmetics company based in Santa Monica, California that voluntarily announced a product recall. Over 10,000 units of a shampoo are part of the recall taking place in the United States and Canada that was initiated due to microbial contamination concerns.

According to the FDA recall notice (recall number: F-3407-2017), the product was found to contain the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa at an average level of 108 bacteria per gram of product. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common type of bacteria that can cause disease in humans, animals and plants.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that serious Pseudomonas infections usually occur in people in the hospital and/or with weakened immune systems. However, the agency does state that healthy people can also develop mild illnesses from contact with the bacteria. Pseudomonas aeruginosa can enter the body through contact with cuts, open wounds or burns, before spreading and causing an infection.

To help prevent contaminated products from ever reaching consumers, MPL Laboratories is fully equipped and accredited to provide testing for a broad spectrum of microbes, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and other contaminants that could be present in cosmetics and personal care products. Testing takes place in MPL’s FDA registered and cGMP, ISO 17025 compliant laboratory. These services not only protect the public from exposure risks, they are also vital to prevent costly product recalls, damaging public relations and the expensive legal fees that companies that manufacture and distribute contaminated products that reach consumers often incur.

To learn more about this or other cosmetic, personal care product or pharmaceutical 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 ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by PJLA, FDA and DEA registered, and NJDEP certified. MPL’s staff includes a PhD Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, M.S. and B.S. degreed microbiologists, and other dedicated scientists. The microbiology testing laboratory serves the pharmaceutical, medical device, 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 network of over 40 laboratories across the United States and Canada.

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