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Foaming Baby Wipes Solution by Northern Essence May Pose a Health Risk

Thu, 04/22/2010 - 8:20am
Health Canada

OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning Canadians that the cosmetic product Foaming Baby Wipes Solution by Northern Essences of Georgia is contaminated with bacteria. Health Canada is advising retailers to remove this product from their shelves. Consumers with this product are instructed to immediately stop using it and dispose of it in their regular household garbage.

The Foaming Baby Wipes Solution is in a clear bottle with a white label and carries the Universal Product Code 2008100227. It is manufactured by Northern Essence of Georgia, USA.

This product is contaminated with Micrococcus species of bacteria. This species of bacteria may cause urinary tract infections, skin infections, or result in more serious complications in people with weakened immune systems. Health Canada became aware of the contamination through its routine sampling and testing program.

The numbers of units sold are not known at this time.

The Northern Essence website lists three Canadian retailers; however, it may also be sold in other stores and is available for sale over the internet at Next link will take you to another Web site www.northernessence.com. The names of the stores listed on the website and where it was found are as follows:

  • Boutique Pousse-Pousse (Longueil, QC)
  • Calins et Popotin (Montreal, QC)
  • A Mother's Touch (Ottawa, ON)
  • Vive la vie (Ste-Marie de Beauce, QC)

Health Canada is working with Canada Border Services Agency to stop future importation of any shipments of this product from entering Canada.

Health Canada has not received any complaints related to the use of this product. Consumers who have purchased this product and have had adverse health effects are advised to consult with a health care provider. Consumers can report adverse reactions to cosmetic products to Health Canada by using the form available on Health Canada's website.

Consumers requiring more information about this advisory can contact their Regional Product Safety Office.

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Health Canada

(613) 957-2983

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1-866 225-0709

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