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Clarcon antimicrobial cleansers recalled by FDA

June 9, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments

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FDA has found high levels of disease-causing bacteria in Clarcon antimicrobial products during a recent inspection, leading to the recall of several skin sanitizers and skin protectants. The regulator said the findings are “particularly concerning” because the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases.

The Clarcon products to be avoided are: Citrushield Lotion, Dermasentials DermaBarrier, Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer, Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment, Skin Shield Restaurant, Skin Shield Industrial, Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion, Total Skin Care Beauty, Total Skin Care Work.

The FDA says that some of the bacteria found "can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage."

This is a (notably ironic) reason to add to several others for tossing antibacterial products, whether by Clarcon or other brands. As Claire noted in another post, antibacterial soaps get into the water systems, rivers and aquafers and kill fish. The chemicals have the potential to affect sex hormones and interfere
with the nervous system. What’s more, they also have become suspects in
the search for causes of autism and asthma.

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