There’s no word on whether the contamination was found through tests that were performed by the company or if the contamination was found by an outside lab but we do know that the product has made it to the marketplace. HimalayaUSA says that this cream was sold nationwide in the U.S. and Canada.
The problem, claims the company, was ultimately traced back to pumps supplied by a third party manufacturer. And because the same pumps were found in a 2nd batch, the company is recalling products with 2 production codes, just to be careful.
Covered by this recall is Organique Himalaya® Nourishing Night Cream with either of these batch codes:
There have been no reports so far of any customer complaints blamed on the contaminated cream and the company says that it will begin testing all containers for such contamination in the future. In its statement the company apologized for the “inconvenience” to customers. It has not, as far as I can see, posted a recall notice on its website, though.
Staphylococcus aureus is the bacterium responsible for most of the Staph infections seen in the U.S. It can cause everything from acne to toxic shock syndrome. Drug resistant strains of S. aureus are of special concern because these are the so-called “flesh-eating” bacteria that have been in the news lately.
HimalayaUSA. (2011). HimalayaUSA Announces Voluntary Product Recall For Organique by Himalaya® Nourishing Night Cream Batch #S691001 and Batch #S691002. (PRESS RELEASE). Accessible at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm285459.htm?source=govdelivery.