A New Hampshire company has announced that it will recall around 30,000 Baby and Kids sunscreen lotion products due to a microbial contamination.
W.S. Badger Co. Inc will voluntarily withdraw all lots of its 4-ounce SPF Baby Suncreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids sunscreen lotion.
These batches were tested and found to be contaminated with three different microbial strains.
A spokesperson from the company told CosmeticsDesign.com USA: “This is a pro-active recall after contamination was found during rigorous lab re-testing.”
They also said that no adverse effects had so far been reported by customers.
The products were contaminated with the microbials pseudomonas aeruginosa, candida parapsilosis and acremonium fungi, which were discovered during a quality check after the lotions had already passed through pre-market testing.
These microorganisms are commonly found in nature, and can potentially cause infections in people who are already vulnerable to illness.
The spokesperson commented: “These products might be a danger to someone who has a compromised immune system or an already open wound.”
“There is only a remote possibility of a serious problem, but we are thinking about the customer first and removing the product immediately.”
W.S. Badger reports that it is still investigating the cause of contamination in the two children’s brands.
Returning the products
The firm has recommended that consumers who have purchased the affected products should refrain from using them, and return them to the original point of purchase in order to receive a refund.
They have also stated that they will pay shipping costs for customers who wish to return the products to the company.
The FDA has requested that all customers suffering adverse effects from these products should report them to the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by mail or by fax.
The lots affected were 3024A, 3057B, 3063B, 3132A and 3133A for the Baby sunscreen line and lot #3164A for the Kids sunscreen line.
Consumers can identify the affected items by comparing the UPC with with Lot code, which is found on the top front of the tube crimp.