FDA raids maker of skin sanitizers as part of investigation

By Simon Pitman

- Last updated on GMT

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The US Food and Drug Administration has raided the Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory in Utah as part of investigations over its sanitizer products.

The FDA believes that a number of brands the company manufacturers may contain harmful bacteria, which allegedly cause serious skin infection and damage to underlying tissue.

According to health warnings, these infections can require medical attention and even lead to surgical procedures ultimately resulting in permanent skin damage.

Action follows initial recall in June

The action follows a recall of the product that was issued by the FDA in June after a routine inspection had discovered the contamination, together with a number of violations of its good manufacturing practices.

However, the FDA says that the company had refused to co-operate with its initial demands to destroy the recalled products.

The FDA has now seized all the recalled products and taken the initiative to also seize ingredients and components that were used in the manufacturing of the products.

Recall includes nine brands

The brands that were recalled and subsequently seized by the FDA include Citrushield Lotion, Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment, three Skin Shield brands, two Dermassentials brands and two Total Skin Care brands.

Consumers that have already bought these products have been advised not to use them and to dispose of them immediately to prevent any further use by individuals who are unaware of the potential dangers.

According to the FDA Clarcon has manufactured more than 800,000 bottles of skin sanitizers since 2007, which were made at the facility and distributed throughout the United States.

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