8 million Laundress detergent products recalled due to risk of exposure to bacteria

New York

Detergent and home care brand Laundress has recalled about eight million products due to the possible presence of bacteria that may pose a health risk to consumers.

The recalled items, made by the expensive boutique brand between January 2021 and September 2022, include its laundry detergents, fabric softeners and cleaning products. The recall was announced on December 1.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the affected products may contain one of several different types of bacteria, many of which are environmental organisms found widely in soil and water.

The CPSC warned that people with weakened immune systems, underlying lung conditions or those who use external medical devices and are exposed to the bacteria could be at risk of a serious infection that may require medical treatment if the bacteria is inhaled or enters the body through the eyes or a tear in the skin.

The laundress has recalled millions of units of its detergents and cleaning products due to possible bacterial contamination.

People with healthy immune systems are generally unaffected by the bacteria, he said.

Eleven consumers reported infections caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas, the commission said. The company said it was investigating the reports to determine if the infections were linked to its recalled products.

The CPSC said consumers who purchased the recalled product after January 2021 should immediately stop using it and request a refund (a list of affected products is available here.) It said consumers should discard the product by closing hermetically the bottle and placing it in household waste and do not empty the product before disposal.

Laundress products have been sold on TheLaundress.com, Amazon and stores such as Bloomingdale’s, The Container Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Nordstrom, Brooklinen and other major retailers nationwide, through September 2022 for a price between $8 and $100.

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