There is a recall on eight different Pine-Sol product variants because Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a deadly pathogen, may be present in them. These items were sold at major retailers across the country.
The company issued a warning on a special website created for the recalled products: “People with weaker immune systems or external medical devices who are exposed to Pseudomonas aeruginosa have a risk of serious infection that may require medical care.” The germs can enter the body through inhalation, contact with the eyes, or a skin breach. The bacteria often have little effect on healthy immune systems.
37 million bottles made between January 2021 and September 2022 at the Forest Park, Georgia, factory of parent firm Clorox are included in the recall. Among other well-known businesses, the items were offered at Walmart, Dollar General, Target, Kroger, Publix, and Amazon.com.
According to a Clorox representative, the contamination was discovered by the Pine-Sol research and development team during a “regular product assessment.”
According to Rutgers University professor Martin Blaser, MD, the risk to the normal person is “negligible,” but for people with compromised immune systems, such a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy, the germs might be fatal.
According to the notice published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, no injuries have been reported, and the recall is voluntary.
The following individual product types are impacted:
- Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaners with aromas of Lemon Fresh, Sparkling Wave, and Lavender Clean
- All-purpose cleaners with the aromas of Lavender Clean, Sparkling Wave, Lemon Fresh, and Orange Energy from CloroxPro
- Pine-Sol and Lemon Fresh Cleaners from Clorox
Date codes on recalled bottles of these kinds start with the prefix “A4” and have the first five numbers fewer than 22249. Bottles of 28, 48, 60, 100, 144, and 175 fluid ounces are used to package and sell the items.
According to the company’s website, the original Pine-Sol in pine smell is “safe to use as indicated” and is not being recalled.
If they have recalled goods, retailers, distributors, and individual customers are all urged to get in touch with the business. Call 855-378-4982 or complete the online form to get compensation. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, calls will be returned.