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FDA announces voluntary recall of hand sanitizers

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration has announced the voluntary recall of some skin sanitizers and skin protectants by Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. because of bacterial contamination risk.

The products, which are marketed under several different brand names, are being recalled because high levels of disease-causing bacteria that were found in the products during a recent inspection. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage.

The FDA is warning consumers not to use any Clarcon product and to throw these products in the trash. The products that should be discarded include:

  • Citrushield lotion
  • Dermascentials 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

According to the FDA, the findings of its recent inspection of the Clarcon facility 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.

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P&G restructures, integrates four deptartments

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has restructured four of its departments, bringing them all under the direction of the company’s global marketing officer Marc Pritchard, who has assumed the additional title of global brand building officer, according to published reports.

As part of the changes, which were announced internally at P&G, the company’s consumer and market knowledge, design, brand external relations and marketing departments will fall under Pritchard’s supervision.

A P&G spokesperson was quoted as saying that the moves were not a consolidation, but were made to bring the four functions together at the corporate level for greater flexibility and integration.

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Mr. Bubble gets a make-over

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHASKA, Minn. The Village Company has given its iconic Mr. Bubble brand a new look and improved formulations, and has expanded the portfolio to include a new Mr. Bubble Foam Soap and 3-in-1 Body Wash, Shampoo and Bubble Bath.

The brand, which has been a household name since the 1960s, is getting its makeover just seven months after being acquired by The Village Company.

According to the company, it has reformulated all Mr. Bubble Bubble Baths to be even gentler and they now include a Pediatrician’s Approval.

The new Mr. Bubble Foam Soap and 3-in-1 Body Wash, Shampoo and Bubble Bath have a suggested retail price of $2.99 and $3.49, respectively.

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