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Millions of laundry, cleaning products recalled due to bacteria risk

Laundress is recalling more than eight million laundry and cleaning products sold online and in stores nationwide because they may be contaminated with bacteria.

The Unilever subsidiary said in a recall notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday that the pricey and eco-conscious brand found different types of bacteria in tests of some of its products. The company said it is aware of 11 people who have reported Pseudomonas infections and is investigating to see if there is a connection to the recalled products.

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The Laundress Laundry Detergent Recalled

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The company initially posted a notice on November 17, urging customers to stop using its products completely. “We have identified the possible presence of elevated levels of bacteria in some of our products that present a safety concern,” it said.

The safety notice expanded into a recall two weeks later.

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The Laundress Stain Solution and Fabric Conditioner recalled

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“The recalled products may contain bacteria, including Burkholderia cepacia complex, Klebsiella aerogenes, and several different species of Pseudomonas, many of which are environmental organisms widely found in soil and water, and some can also be found in humans,” the recall states.

“People with weakened immune systems, external medical devices and underlying lung conditions who are exposed to the bacteria face a risk of serious infection, which may require medical treatment. The bacteria can enter the body if be inhaled, or broken down through the eyes or through the skin. People with healthy immune systems are not usually affected by the bacteria.”

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The Laundress Surface Cleaner, All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate, Dish Detergent, Glass & Mirror Clean, Aromatherapy Dish Soap and Aromatherapy Surface Cleaner recalled

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteria, also known as B. cepacia, “are often resistant to common antibiotics,” but pose little medical risk to healthy individuals. But people with weakened immune systems or chronic lung disease may be more vulnerable to infection, the CDC said.

Made in New York and sold for between $8 and $100 through September 2022, the recalled products are sold online at websites including Amazon.com and TheLaundress.com and at Bloomingdale’s, Brooklyn, The Container Store, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Stores including Target.

People with The Laundress products can request a refund. Additional information can be obtained from the Company by emailing customerservice@thelaundress.com or calling (800) 681-1915, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

People can visit thelaundressrecall.com for a complete list of recalled products.

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