Baby Lotion Recalled For Bacterial Contamination

Johnson & Johnson just announced that it is recalling one lot of its Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion for bacterial contamination. The contamination was discovered following a test by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed the baby lotion contained more of a form of bacteria than allowed.

“That test indicated that the lot exceeded the specifications for common bacteria, though extensive testing by an independent laboratory afterward did not show that specifications were exceeded,” the company said in a news release, wrote CNN. “However, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc. has voluntarily initiated this recall out of an abundance of caution. This action is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse events and the potential for adverse health effects is remote,” Johnson & Johnson added.

Johnson & Johnson identified the bacteria as coagulase-negative Staphylococci, which it said is to be in a bacteria family that is naturally occurring in the environment, according to the drug maker, said CNN.

“These are common bacteria often found on the skin and scalp of babies and adults, and found in commonly used household and cosmetic products, at very low levels,” said Johnson & Johnson. The drug maker did not release the amount of coagulase-negative Staphylococci detected in the baby lotion, CNN noted.

The lot number involved, which is embossed on the tube, is 0161LK and the recalled baby lotion was distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas, said CNN. Consumers can contact 1.877.298.2525 to discuss refunds. A third-party manufacturer in Canada produced the 2,200 recalled tubes of baby lotion; Johnson & Johnson did not release the name of the company.

Bonnie Jacobs Vice President of Communications at Johnson & Johnson said the recall is being carried out at the retail level and that consumers in possession of the recalled product can still use it. “They do not have to take any action,” she said, wrote CNN. Johnson & Johnson’s news release stated that the potential for the tainted lotion to adversely affect one’s health was “remote.”

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson has been at the center of an inordinate amount of product recalls in the past year or so for everything from tainted medicines to defective medical devices that include DePuy hip devices and transvaginal mesh, among many others.

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