The decision to issue a voluntary consumer recall of its Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Soothing Face Cream batch code #A43 in North America was made by Estée Lauder following the discovery, which it says only affects a small number of products in the U.S.
The presence of mold in the product could present a heightened risk of infection for some consumers, such as individuals with compromised skin, weakened immune systems, or users of permanent or extended wear contact lenses (if the product gets into the eyes).
Estée Lauder stresses that no other Origins or Dr Andrew Weil for Origins products were affected.
Origins says it has already removed unsold products from distribution and urged to consumers to see if purchased products are identified as batch "#A43" on the bottom of the ja.
“The code is visible on the bottom of the jar. Consumers who have the Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Soothing Face Cream batch code #A43 should not use or share the product. Products should be disposed of or returned to an Origins retail outlet for exchange or full refund,” says a company statement.
The product was available to consumers as a freestanding 50ml jar, and was included in the Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Relief gift set in the 30ml size jar.
It is not the first time in recent months that a company has been forced to recall a product in the U.S. voluntarily due to contamination.
W.S. Badger recalled around 30,000 Baby and Kids sunscreen lotion products due to a microbial contamination last month.
A batch of its 4-ounce SPF Baby Suncreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids sunscreen lotion were tested and found to be contaminated with three different microbial strains.