Eight Pine-Sol Disinfectant Cleaners Named On Infection-causing Bacteria

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Tuesday that eight Pine-Sol disinfectant cleaning products have been recalled over concerns they may contain infection-causing bacteria.

Pine-scented multi-surface cleaners, Clorox Pro Pine-Sol All-Purpose Cleaners, and Clorox Professional Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh Cleaners produced at a plant in Forest Park, Georgia, may contain natural bacteria. Pseudomonas aeruginosathat can cause infections for those with weakened immune systems, the committee said in a statement.

“Out of great caution, Clorox is recalling all products described above that were manufactured at its Forest Park, Georgia, facility through September 2022,” the committee said.

Clorox, the parent company of the Pine-Sol brand, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

She said tests have found bacteria in products made since January 2021.

The germ can cause blood and lung infections, especially after surgery, where it can spread from surfaces and hands to medical equipment, according to a white paper from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The committee said that although the bacteria are unlikely to affect people with a healthy immune system, those with a weakened system should be careful.

“The bacteria can enter the body if they are inhaled, through the eyes, or through an incision in the skin,” she added.

Those at particular risk of infection include patients using ventilators, as was common during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as those who need a catheter or have wounds from surgery or burns, the CDC said.

She added that the germ has shown resistance to antibiotic drugs. “These germs can become multidrug resistant,” the CDC said.

Demand for disinfectant cleaners boomed at the start of the pandemic in 2020, when scientists feared that Covid-19 could easily be transmitted by surviving on surfaces and transmitting to humans through hand-to-face contact.

However, researchers have greatly reduced daily contact with surfaces as a common method of transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

The commission said Tuesday’s recall applies to about 37 million individual products manufactured since the start of 2021.

Includes the clean scent of lavender, sparkling wave, and refreshing lemon from Pine Multi-Surface Cleaners; The clean, sparkling scent of lavender, fresh lemon and orange energy from Clorox Pro Pine Sole Cleansers; and Clorox Professional Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh Cleaners, the committee said.

She added that the original Pine Soul fragrance, which smells of pine, is not part of the recall.

The panel said covered products have date codes beginning with “A4” followed by a five-digit number below 22249. Sizes range from 28 fluid ounces to 175.

The commission said the products were sold by Amazon, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Dollar General, Target, Home Depot, BJ, Kroger, Dollar Tree, Lowe’s, Publix and major retailers.

Clorox will return the purchase price with a receipt or at the manufacturer’s suggested price without it; The panel said that proof of purchase including an image of the 12-digit global product code and date code is required.

The company recall information page contains more details.

After photographing the UPC information and date code, the panel said, consumers should simply discard any products covered by the recall, the bottle, the liquid and all that.

TJ Swiggart Contributed.


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