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The Laundress recalls 8 million cleaning products due to bacteria risk

The Laundress said that it was recalling eight million products due to a bacteria risk. Photo from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The Laundress said that it was recalling eight million products due to a bacteria risk. Photo from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Laundress announced that it was recalling more than eight million laundry and cleaning products because they may be contaminated with bacteria.

In a recall notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday, the Unilever subsidiary that it found different types of bacteria when testing some of its products.

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The Laundress also said that it knows of 11 people who have reported pseudomonas infections and is investigating to see if there is a connection to the recalled products.

According to CBS News, the company initially posted a notice on November 17, urging customers to stop using its products completely. "We have identified the potential presence of elevated levels of bacteria in some of our products that present a safety concern."

"People with weakened immune systems, external medical devices and underlying lung conditions, who are exposed to the bacteria face a risk of serious infection that may require medical treatment," the recall notice said. "The bacteria can enter the body if inhaled, or through the eyes or a break in the skin. People with healthy immune systems are usually not affected by the bacteria."

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The recalled products are sold online websites including Amazon.com and TheLaundress.com and stores including Bloomingdale's, Brooklinen, The Container Store, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Target. They typically sell for $8 to $100.

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