Hand sanitizers sold at retailers such as Walmart are facing recalls for fear of being contaminated with potentially serious bacteria.
On the “Cosmetic Recalls and Alerts” page of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA listed various odors of the recalled Scent Theory foaming hand soaps. Due to concerns about the product being contaminated by Burkholderia cepacia, Was recalled.
Burkholderia cepacia is the name of a group of bacteria or “complexes” that are usually resistant to commonly used antibiotics and may pose risks to certain diseases or people with weakened immune systems.
There are four odors in the Odor Theory hand sanitizer that need to be recalled: lemon citrus, vanilla coconut, fresh lavender and eucalyptus mint, all of which are sold in 11-ounce bottles.
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According to FDA regulations, soap is distributed nationwide, including DC and Peurto Rico, which states that approximately 636,416 bottles have been recalled. However, it is not clear whether the number refers to the total number of bottles recalled or the total number of bottles for each flavor.
The following lot numbers may be recalled:
- Lemon citrus: T209-101, T217-101, T223-101 and T237-101
- Vanilla coconut: T209-104, T217-104, T237-102 and T223-104
- Eucalyptus Mint: T209-102, T217-102 and T223-102
- Fresh lavender: T209-103, T217-103 and T223-103
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Burkholderia cepacia poses “a small medical risk to healthy people”. However, the agency warned: “Those who have certain health problems, such as a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease, especially cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to Burkholderia cepacia. Onion sepsis is a hospitalization. The known cause of the patient’s infection.”
According to the CDC, although in the case of human infections, contaminated medical products are usually the cause of bacteria found in water and soil.