Consumers should stop using (and immediately throw away) a number of popular skin sanitizing and skin protectant products, because they may contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this week.
The affected products are all manufactured by Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, and marketed under a number of different brand names. According to an FDA Consumer Warning, the following Clarcon skin products (all of which have been recalled) may be contaminated by bacteria and should be discarded as soon as possible:
Tuesday's FDA Warning to Consumers contains details on the problems associated with these products: "Analyses of several samples of over-the-counter topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and skin protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria, including some associated with unsanitary conditions. 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 points out that the results of a recent inspection of the Clarcon facility in Utah, which uncovered "serious deviations" from federal health regulations, are "particularly concerning" because the company's products are advertised as defense against and treatment of damaged skin, various infectious diseases, and light wounds.