W.S. Badger Co. Inc. just issued a recall of all lots of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion, over concerns the products have been contaminated with microbials, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A total of 30,000 tubes are involved, NBCNews reported.
The products were tested and found to be contaminated with several fungi and bacteria: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis and Acremonium. To date, no adverse reactions have been reported related to the recalled products.
Both sunscreens are sold in the United States and Canada online, at major retailers, at independent food co-ops, and at pharmacies. The recalled sunscreen can be identified by matching the UPC with the Lot Code, which are located on the top front of the tube crimp. The recalled lots include the following information:
- SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion 4-ounce—UPC: 634084490091 and 34084490114; Lot Codes 3024A, 3057B, 3063A, 3063B, 3132A, 3133A.
- SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion 4-ounce—UPC: 634084490145 and 634084490169; Lot Code 3164A.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled W.S. Badger Baby Sunscreen Lotion should not use these products and may return the recalled product to the original point of purchase for a full refund, or contact Badger directly, toll-free, at 1.800.603.6100 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The firm may be reached from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday – Friday.
Adverse events related to the use of these product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail, or by fax:
- Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
- Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addresses Form FDA 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to address on the pre-addresses form.
- Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178
W.S. Badger founder & CEO Bill Whyte announced: “All of these lots passed the required microbiological and comprehensive challenge testing prior to sale. It was during routine re-testing that we discovered that the preservative system in several lots had been compromised. In our 18-year history, this voluntary recall is a first. We continue to conduct rigorous testing and are taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future.” The New Hampshire firm focuses on natural and organic body care products, according to NBCNews
The microbial contaminants involved in this recall can lead to illness in animals and humans, according to NBCNews.