The Clorox Company on Tuesday recalled certain Pine-Sol products over a bacteria scare. The move came after the company learnt that “some products may contain bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”
Pseudomonas is a type of bacteria that can be commonly found in soil and water. According to the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the many types of this bacteria that commonly causes infections in humans.
People with “healthy” immune systems aren’t affected by the bacteria. However, those with weakened immune systems and any other underlying health conditions are more prone to risks of serious infection that may need medical treatment, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website stated.
“The bacteria can enter the body if inhaled, through the eyes, or through a break in the skin. People with healthy immune systems are usually not affected by the bacteria,” the commission said.
The products recalled by the company include Pine-Sol Scented Multi-Surface Cleaner in various sizes of Lavender Clean, Lemon Fresh and Sparkling Wave scents; ChloroxPro Pine-Sol All Purpose Cleaners in Lavender Clean, Lemon Fresh, Orange Energy and Sparkling Wave and the Clorox Professional Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh Cleaner.
Currently, there have been no reported incidents or injuries related to the product. However, the bacteria has been identified in some of the recalled products, “including those produced between January 2021 and September 2022.”
During this time, the company produced some 37 million of them.
“Importantly, Original Pine-Sol (Pine scent) is not included in this recall and you may continue to safely use it as intended,” the company said.
“You are looking for a date code beginning with “A4″ and the first five digits numbered 22249 or lower,” the company added.
The recalled products were sold at major retailers nationwide as well as online via retailer websites. The company said that those who have purchased the affected product should not use it even if it “appears to be safe.”
For a refund, customers can take a photo of the UPC and date code of the item and contact the company.
“We are conducting this recall to safeguard your health and well-being,” the company said.