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Bacteria Detected in Hand Soap Causes Recall in Canada

EMSL Analytical provides cGMP, ISO 17025 compliant analytical testing for bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


According to CBC News, Avmor Ltd. of Laval, Quebec has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of their Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap after testing conducted by Health Canada detected the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

The Drug Identification Number for the infected product is 02319144, and the lot number is F121392032. Approximately 1,020 one-liter containers are included in this recall.

The recalled products were distributed in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. However, spokesperson for the company has claimed that majority of the recalled products have been retrieved.

Individuals with a weak immune system, cystic fibrosis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, burns, diabetes, or severe lung disease are more susceptible to contracting a serious illness if exposed to this bacterium. Illnesses may include pneumonia, bone infections, urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal infections, meningitis, and blood infections.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria enters the body through cuts, open wounds, or burns, before spreading and causing an infection,” states Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL Analytical is fully equipped and accredited to provide testing for a variety of microbes, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in personal care products at our FDA registered and cGMP, ISO 17025 compliant laboratory.”

For more information about EMSL’s personal care product testing services, please contact EMSL at 800-220-3675, email , or visit

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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