FDA announces voluntary recall of hand sanitizers

6/9/2009

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration has announced the voluntary recall of some skin sanitizers and skin protectants by Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. because of bacterial contamination risk.

The products, which are marketed under several different brand names, are being recalled because high levels of disease-causing bacteria that were found in the products during a recent inspection. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage.

The FDA is warning consumers not to use any Clarcon product and to throw these products in the trash. The products that should be discarded include:

  • Citrushield lotion
  • Dermascentials DermaBarrier
  • Dermassentials by Clarcon antimicrobial hand sanitizer
  • Iron Fist Barrier hand treatment
  • Skin Shield Restaurant
  • Skin Shield Industrial
  • Skin Shield Beauty Salon lotion
  • Total Skin Care Beauty
  • Total Skin Care Work

According to the FDA, the findings of its recent inspection of the Clarcon facility are particularly concerning because the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin and protect against various infectious diseases.

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