Organique by Himalaya Nourishing Night Cream Recalled For Bacterial, Fungal Contamination

HimalayaUSA® is recalling its Organique by Himalaya Nourishing Night Cream because the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and fungus were found present in samples of these products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

Nourishing Night Cream with batch #S691001 and batch #S691002 are involved in this recall and were distributed nationwide in the U.S. and in Canada. For identification purposes, the product is sold in a cylinder shaped teal bottle with an orange cap. The batch numbers are located on the bottom of the bottle.

This recall is effective only for the batch numbers indicated and not for any other Nourishing Night Cream batch. To date, the firm has not received any reports of consumer injury.

Specifically, the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and fungus were found present in samples of batch #S691001 and were traced to the bottle’s pump components, which were supplied by a third-party manufacturer. Because there is no way to determine if all pumps used contained these microbes, HimalayaUSA is recalling the entire batch. Also, while no microbes were found in batch #S691002, the same pump components may have been used in its manufacturing; therefore, HimalayaUSA is recalling this batch, as well.

The FDA explained that these microbes are found in the environment and are frequently seen as normal flora found on skin; however, they may become opportunistic in immunocompromised people or if introduced to broken skin. As we’ve explained, all people are susceptible to Staphylococcus aureus. Death is very rare, however, such cases have occurred among the elderly, infants, and severely debilitated persons.

All other Nourishing Night Cream batches have been batch tested and are free of any contamination, said HimalayaUSA and, going forward, the firm said it intends on testing all third-party bottle components for the presence of microbes.

In the meantime, HimalayaUSA is urging consumers in possession of Organique by Himalaya Nourishing Night Cream Batch #S691001 or #S691002 to return the recalled products to the point of purchase, or directly to HimalayaUSA, immediately for a refund or replacement.

HimalayaUSA can be reached via its Customer Service Team, toll-free, at 1.800.869.4640, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST).

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