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Aveeno Baby Lotion recalled for suspicious bacteria levels

Consumer Reports News: January 30, 2012 12:38 PM

More than 2,000 tubes of Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion are being recalled by its maker, Johnson & Johnson. According to a company press release issued on Friday, a test by the Food and Drug Administration found high levels of a common bacteria within the baby lotion.

The bacteria reportedly discovered by the FDA is coagulase-negative Staphylococci, a "common bacteria often found on the skin and scalp of babies and adults, and found in commonly used household and cosmetic products, at very low levels," said the press release.

The undisclosed levels of bacteria are found in Aveeno baby lotion tubes bearing the lot number 0161LK. The company said the affected tubes of baby lotion were primarily sold in retail outlets in nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Although there have been no reports of illness or injuries from the affected bottles of baby lotion, Johnson & Johnson has already asked retailers to pull the item from store shelves.

And while the company claims the tubes of recalled Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion are still safe to use, if consumers would like a refund, they can call Johnson & Johnson toll-free at 877-298-2525.

Maker recalls 2,200 tubes of Aveeno baby lotion [CNN]
Johnson & Johnson recalls baby lotion after tests discover it contains too much bacteria [UK Daily Mail]

Paul Eng

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