Before slathering on your Jergens moisturizer, check the label. Certain lots have been recalled because they may be contaminated with bacteria that pose a risk to people with weakened immune systems.
Pluralibacter gergoviae bacteria typically pose little medical risk to healthy people, according to Kao USA Inc., which recalled its 3-ounce and 10-ounce Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer products. But others with health problems could be more susceptible to infection.
What is pluralibacter gergoviae?
The pathogen is an ongoing problem for the cosmetics industry because it is naturally occurring and typically found in stool or faeces samples from animals and humans, in plants and material from plants, water, dairy products and insects.
Severe infection is rare, however, the slightest exposure to the bacterium can affect children and people with weakened immune systems. The symptoms of a severe bacterial infection vary depending on the bacteria, infection site, and individual. However, it can include dangerous symptoms such as respiratory complications, high fevers, full-body weakness, and nausea or vomiting.
Along with announcing the recall, Kao USA said the products have been removed from warehouses. It is also working with retailers to