Jergens lotions recalled over bacterial concerns

Certain Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizers have been recalled over concerns they may be contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria.

Select units of Jergens moisturizer “may demonstrate the presence of Pluralibacter gergoviae, a bacteria that normally poses a low medical risk to healthy people,” according to the recall notice released by the Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers with compromised immune systems could be “more susceptible to infections,” according to the recall.

Kao USA Inc., which issued the voluntary recall, said only certain batches of 3- and 10-ounce bottles are affected, officials said.

Consumers are being urged to discontinue use “as a precautionary measure,” the recall said.

Officials are still trying to “determine the scope of the problem.”

As a precaution, Kao removed the recalled product from stores. The company also said it is working with retailers to ensure the product is off store shelves and is proactively notifying customers.

Jergens products will be on display.
Officials are still trying to “determine the scope of the problem.”
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“Kao USA cares about the safety of our consumers,” the company said in a statement. “We are committed to manufacturing products that not only meet, but exceed, the highest industry standards.”

The company says it is working with its partners “to improve cleaning and disinfection procedures so that similar problems can be prevented in the future.” Jergens lotions recalled over bacterial concerns


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