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Popular Brand of Lotion Recalled Over Potentially Risky Bacteria

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A popular brand of body lotion has been recalled because it might be contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria, and the manufacturer recently expanded the recall


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Some bottles of Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer may contain Pluralibacter gergoviae, a bacterium that can cause infections in people with weakened immune systems. There is little risk for healthy people, according to the Food and Drug Administration. 


Manufacturer Kao USA says the affected lotions were manufactured between Oct. 1 and Oct. 18, 2021. Recalled lotions include both 3-ounce and 10-ounce bottles with the following lot codes, which can be found on the bottom of the bottle printed in black ink:

  • 3-ounce bottles: Lot codes ZU712851, ZU712871, ZU712911, ZU722881, ZU712861, ZU712881, ZU722851, ZU722861, ZU722871
  • 10-ounce bottles: Lot codes ZU722741, ZU722781, ZU732791, ZU732811, ZU722771, ZU732781, ZU732801, ZU732821

If you have any of the affected lotion, you can call Kao at 1-800-742-8798 or email consumer@kao.com for a free product coupon and postage-paid return packaging. 

Jergens Ultra Healing LotionPhoto credit: Kao U.S.A. Inc.


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This is only the latest serious recall to affect toiletries. Last month, Brut and Sure aerosol deodorants were recalled because of the presence of a cancer-linked chemical, benzene. In late 2021, several Old Spice and Secret aerosol sprays, as well as dry shampoos and conditioners from brands including Pantene, Aussie, and Herbal Essences, were yanked from shelves for the same reason.


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