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Warning over some surface cleaners after bacteria found

Clorox announced the recall of certain cleaning products (Photograph supplied)

Residents were asked to stop using certain surface cleaners after a bacteria was found in products.

A government spokesman said that manufacturer Clorox announced a recall on October 25.

The affected multi-service, all-purpose and professional cleaners have date codes starting with the prefix “A4” and the first five digits numbering below 22249.

Bermuda’s consumer affairs office took the necessary steps to recall the products in co-operation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall covers Pine-Sol Scented Multi-Surface Cleaner in Lavender Clean, Sparkling Wave and Lemon Fresh; CloroxPro Pine-Sol All Purpose Cleaner in the same three fragrances as well as Orange Energy; and Clorox Professional Cleaner in Lemon Fresh.

A government spokesman said: “The products are sold in bottles of 28, 48, 60, 100, 144 and 175 fluid ounces.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Clorox is recalling all of the above-described products manufactured at its Forest Park, Georgia facility between January 2021 and September 2022.

“Clorox produced approximately 37 million recalled products in that period.”

He explained: “To date, Clorox has tested the above-mentioned cleaning products, where it was confirmed that certain recalled products contained bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an environmental organism found widely in soil and water.

“People with weakened immune systems or external medical devices who are exposed to Pseudomonas aeruginosa face a risk of serious infection that may require medical treatment.

“The bacteria can enter the body if inhaled, through the eyes or through a break in the skin.

“People with healthy immune systems are usually not affected by the bacteria.”

The spokesman said: “Consumer Affairs advises all wholesale distributors and retailers to remove the recalled products from public distribution.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products with the aforementioned date codes.”

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Published November 01, 2022 at 7:37 am (Updated November 01, 2022 at 7:37 am)

Warning over some surface cleaners after bacteria found

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