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Published On: Wed, Oct 17th, 2012

Avmor Ltd. recalls hand soap over Pseudomonas contamination

Canadian cleaning products company, Avmor Ltd. recalled one lot of its Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap (Triclosan 0.3%) due to microbial contamination.

During routine product testing by Health Canada, officials detected the bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which could pose serious health risks to people, especially those with weakened immune systems.

Health Canada suggests the public follow the recommendations below, especially those with compromised immune systems, including those with cystic fibrosis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, burns, diabetes and severe lung disease.

  • Do not use Avmor Ltd.’s Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap (Triclosan 0.3%) or any other antimicrobial foaming hand soap that you cannot identify from a dispenser.
  • Speak to your healthcare practitioner if you have used the affected product or have concerns about your health.
  • Schools, offices, hospitals and consumers should contact the company, Avmor Ltd., at             1-450-629-8074       extension 2360 for more information about the recall.
  • Report any adverse reaction you suspect may be related to this product to Health Canada at             1-866-234-2345

Avmor says in a update today that there have been no adverse reactions involving the use of this product have been reported to Avmor Ltd. or to Health Canada. Our investigation surrounding the recall is still ongoing.

Avmor Ltd.’s Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap Image/Health Canada

They also note that over the past several months, Avmor has put in place additional measures in our ISO 9001-2008 and 14001-2004 manufacturing facility to ensure that we significantly reduce the chance of this type of issue arising again.

These measures include, most notably, enhanced disinfection protocols throughout the manufacturing process and longer product analysis time between production and release.

The Textbook of Bacteriology describes the organism as follows:

The bacterium is ubiquitous in soil and water, and on surfaces in contact with soil or water. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is primarily a nosocomial pathogen.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen, meaning that it exploits some break in the host defenses to initiate an infection. In fact, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the epitome of an opportunistic pathogen of humans. The bacterium almost never infects uncompromised tissues, yet there is hardly any tissue that it cannot infect if the tissue defenses are compromised in some manner. It causes urinary tract infections, respiratory system infections, dermatitis, soft tissue infections, bacteremia, bone and joint infections, gastrointestinal infections and a variety of systemic infections, particularly in patients with severe burns and in cancer and AIDS patients who are immunosuppressed. Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection is a serious problem in patients hospitalized with cancer, cystic fibrosis, and burns. The case fatality rate in these patients is near 50 percent.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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