About eight million laundry and cleaning products from The Laundress brand were recalled because they may contain bacteria that can cause infections in people, especially those with weakened immune systems.
Laundry detergent, fabric softener, laundry shampoo and conditioners and other branded cleaning products produced between January 2021 and September 2022 were recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.
The recalled products may contain bacteria commonly found in soil and water. It is not clear how the infection started.
“People with weakened immune systems, external medical devices and underlying lung conditions who are exposed to the bacteria are at risk of a serious infection that may require medical treatment,” the committee said. “The bacteria can enter the body if they are inhaled, or through the eyes or a break in the skin.”
Eleven consumers reported bacterial infections, the committee said. The company said it was investigating whether the infections were related to the recalled products.
“Symptoms can range from mild skin symptoms to more serious signs of infection,” the company said.
The company said customers could continue to use the Laundress products not included in the recall.
“We are taking decisive steps with our suppliers to ensure that production processes meet our safety and quality standards,” the company said.
The products were sold directly by the washerwoman, as well as at Bloomingdale’s, Brooklinen, the Container Store, Jenni Kayne, Kith, N.Peal, Nordstrom, Peruvian Connection, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target and other major retailers in the United States and Canada. said the committee. Consumers can request a refund.
“After requesting a refund, consumers should dispose of the product by properly closing the bottle and depositing it with household waste,” the committee said. “Don’t empty the product before throwing it away.”