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Popular hand soap addresses recall over concerns about bacterial contamination



Hand soaps sold at retailers such as Walmart are facing a recall over concerns that they are contaminated with potentially serious bacteria.

On the US Food and Drug Administration’s page on cosmetic recalls and warnings, the FDA lists various fragrances of the fragrance theory’s frothy hand soaps that are subject to recall, which were recalled due to concerns the products are contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia.

The bacteria can be found in water and soil, but in cases of human infection, contaminated medical products are often the cause, per CDC. (iStock)

Burkholderia cepacia is the name of a group or “complexes” of bacteria that are often resistant to common antibiotics and can pose a risk to those with certain medical conditions or those with a weakened immune system.

Four scents of Scent Theory hand soap are subject to recall: Lemon Citrus, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Lavender and Eucalyptus Mint, all of which were sold in 11 oz bottles.

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The soaps were distributed nationwide, including DC and Peurto Rico, per FDA, noting that some 636,416 bottles were recalled. However, it was not immediately clear whether this number refers to the total number of recalled bottles, or the total number of bottles for each fragrance.

The following batch number is subject to recall:

  • 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), B. cepacia poses “little medical risk to healthy people.” However, the agency warns: “People who have certain health problems such as weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, especially cystic fibrosis, may be more prone to B. cepacia infections. B cepacia is a known cause of infections in hospital patients. ”

The bacteria can be found in water and soil, but in cases of human infection, contaminated medical products are often the cause, per CDC.


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