June 9, 2009

Clarcon-produced skin products recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Clarcon-produced skin care products because of possible bacterial contamination.

The FDA said the Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants marketed under various brand names because of high levels of disease-causing bacteria found in the products.

The federal agency said consumers should not use any Clarcon products and should discard such products in household refuse.

Recalled products include Citrushield Lotion, Dermasentials DermaBarrier, Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer, Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment, Skin Shield Restaurant, Skin Shield Industrial, Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion, Total Skin Care Beauty and Total Skin Care Work.

Analyses of several samples of over-the-counter topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and skin protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria, including some associated with unsanitary conditions, the FDA said in a statement. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage.