Color cosmetics firm issues voluntary recall on eye shadow due to bacterial contamination

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Color cosmetics firm issues voluntary recall on eye shadow due to bacterial contamination
Purity Cosmetics of San Jose California has voluntarily initiated a recall of one of its eye shadow products due to a bacterial contamination of one batch of the make-up.

Lot #1B11 of Purity’s 100% Pure Cocoa Plum Eye Shadow was found to be contaminated with Pseudomonas Luteola, a bacterium that can cause peritonitis and cellulitis, both inflammations of the skin, as well as bacteremia, which is the presence of bacteria in the blood.

The recall was initiated in the knowledge of the United States Food and Drug Administration and dates back to March 7th, 2011.

Distributed across the US

It is estimated that up to 300 units of the item were distributed on or after this date to retail stores across the country in California, New York, Florida, Indiana, Texas, Illinois, Oregon, Minnesota, Virginia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Tennessee.

The color cosmetics were produced at Radical Cosmetics, located at New Brunswick, New Jersey which is an independent, 3rd party contract lab that is a separate entity from Purity Cosmetics.

Purity have confirmed that other random products tested that were produced at its facility which it owns and operates, were all found safe and free of any bacteria.

Discontinue use immediately

“High quality, purity and safety is our top priority so this is extremely devastating for us - even though this item was not produced or filled at our own facilities,”​ a company statement said.

“But since it bears our name, we take as much responsibility as if we made it ourselves. We are taking every measure to ensure the quality and purity of all our 3rd party vendors who make products for our brand so that this never happens again.”

The California-based company has stated that if anyone has this product in their possession then use should be discontinued immediately.

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