W.S. Badger Co. is voluntarily recalling 30,000 sunscreen products for babies and young children. All lots of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion (lot # 3164A) are affected by the recall. The products have been tested and found to be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis and Acremonium fungi - three types of disease-causing bacteria and fungi.
The affected lots include the following:
- SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion 4oz (UPC: 634084490091&634084490114) Lot #’s 3024A, 3057B, 3063A, 3063B, 3132A, 3133A
- SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion (UPC: 634084490145 & 634084490169) Lot # 3164A
Both sunscreens are sold in the USA and Canada online. They are also available at major retailers as well as independent food co-ops and pharmacies. This product can be identified by matching the UPC with the Lot code, which can be found on the top front of the tube crimp.
The microbial contaminants can cause illness in animals and humans. No adverse reactions have been reported in the connection with the products, the firm said.
The lots passed required testing before sale, but routine re-testing revealed that the preservatives in several lots “had been compromised,” Badger founder and chief executive Bill Whyte said in a statement.
“As a father and grandfather, the safety and well-being of children is my highest priority,” Whyte said. “All of these lots passed the required microbiological and comprehensive challenge testing prior to sale. It was during routine re-testing that we discovered that the preservative system in several lots had been compromised. In our 18-year history, this voluntary recall is a first. We continue to conduct rigorous testing and are taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future.”
Consumers who have purchased the Sunscreen Lotion should not use these products and may return the product to the original point of purchase for a full refund, or contact Badger directly at 1-800-603-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org between the hours of 8:30-4:30 ET, Monday through Friday.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has more information about this recall on their website. A link is provided below.