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FDA: Some Clarcon Skin Products Have Bacterial Contamination Risk


Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)announced that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants. The products had high levels of disease-causing bacteria found during a recent inspection.

The finding of such high bacterial contamination is concerning as the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases.

Consumers should not use any products made by Clarcon. If you have any of these products, it is advised that you should throw them away.

Some of the bacteria found in the analyses can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. These infections often will need medical or surgical attention. Such infections may result in permanent damage.

Examples of skin care products that should be discarded include:

Citrushield Lotion

Dermasentials DermaBarrier

Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer

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Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment

Skin Shield Restaurant

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Total Skin Care Work

Health care professionals and consumers may report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of this product (or any other products) to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, fax or phone.

-- Online
-- Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 and mail to MedWatch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
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