The laundress recalls 8M detergents and cleaning products due to risk of bacterial exposure

The Laundress recalled millions of its laundry and cleaning products Thursday in response to a risk of bacterial exposure, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The recall involves 8 million units of certain of the company’s laundry detergents, fabric softeners, spot removers, surface cleaners and other cleaning products that safety agencies said consumers should “stop using immediately.” The CPSC said they contain The Laundress items with batch codes, “those with a prefix letter F and the last four digits numbered 9354 or less, H and the last four digits numbered 2262 or less, and T and the last four Digits begin with the number 5264 or less.”

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The Laundress has set up a recall website where consumers can find the full list of affected products.

According to the CPSC notice, the recalled products could contain bacteria such as Burkolderia cepacia complex, Klebsiella aerogenes and Pseudomonas, which can enter the body through the eyes, skin injuries and inhalation.

“The company is aware of 11 consumers who have reported Pseudomonas infections and is investigating these reports to determine if there is a link to the recalled products,” the CPSC statement said.

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While the bacteria doesn’t typically affect people with healthy immune systems, exposure for immunocompromised people and those with chronic lung disease or external medical devices poses a “risk of serious infection that may require medical attention,” safety officials said. For those with recalled products, The Laundress recommended “post-washing the clothing” with an alternative product, although the “risk of bacteria being present on cleaned clothing is low”.

People can “rewash” clothing, dishes or surfaces “with an alternative product” if they have concerns about having used The Laundress’s recalled products, the company said.

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Websites that sold affected products include The Laundress and Amazon. In addition to The Laundress stores, they were also sold at retailers including Bloomingdale’s, The Container Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Nordstrom and Brooklinen through September, the CPSC reported.

“We deeply apologize to all our loyal customers for this situation,” the laundress said in a Facebook post on Thursday. “We take critical steps with our suppliers to ensure production processes meet our safety and quality standards.”

Consumers who possess the recalled products should take a photo of the lot code “with their initials and the date written in markers” for the refund process before discarding them, according to the CPSC.

You can visit thelaundressrecall.com to submit a refund request.

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