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Recall on tainted skin-care products

Panorama City, Calif. — Woodridge Labs Inc., based here, has recalled all lots of its DermaFreeze365™ Instant Line Relaxing Formula and DermaFreeze365™ Neck & Chest products. The voluntary recall was a result of certain lots testing positive for the pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria and is being made in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, the company said in a March 23 prepared statement.

According to the statement, pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause serious infection of the urinary tract, soft tissue, bones and joints, gastreointestinal tract, respiratory system and other systemic infections, as well as dermatitis and bacteremia—particularly in severe-burn patients and patients with cancer or AIDS who are immunosuppressed. Because the DermaFreeze365™ Instant Line Relaxing Formula may be applied in the area of the eye, there is a possibility that inadvertent introduction of the tainted product into the eye could result in serious eye infections and possibly blindness.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, says the company.

At press time, Woodridge Labs said it was working with the products’ third-party manufacturer to identify the source of the contamination so that new lots will be safe.

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