Health Canada is advising Canadians not to use Personnelle Sunscreen Lotion (sold at Jean Coutu locations) because of microbial contamination. The company, Empack Spraytech Inc., has initiated a voluntary recall of additional product, as this recall is a result of following up on a previous recall on the sunscreen on March 24, 2016.
According to the Healthy Canadians website,
The sunscreen lotions were found to contain Lactobacillus brevis and Micrococcus luteus. Although Lactobacillus brevis does not cause any illness in humans, Micrococcus luteus may cause various infections including skin infections and occasionally serious problems, such as meningitis, septic shock (dangerously low blood pressure in response to an infection), septic arthritis (infection in a joint usually caused by bacteria), pneumonia endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart valves most often caused by infection), or sepsis (a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection). The risk may be higher for children and individuals with a weakened immune system.
Check to see if you purchased either of the affected sunscreen lotions as the products should not be used. From the above information, this is definitely not something we want to be using on our children or ourselves!
The affected sunscreen lotion products are as follows:
- Personnelle Sunscreen Lotion 50+ SPF Children and Adults DIN 02395983 Lot Number 21275 Expiry Date JUNE/2017 Date Added July 29, 2016
- Personnelle Sunscreen Lotion 30 SPF Children and Adults DIN 02395975 Lot Number 20145 Expiry Date JAN 27. 2017 Date Added March 24, 2016
You should consult their health-care practitioner if you have concerns regarding this recall. You may also use the contact info. below, for further information.
Health Canada -
Health Canada Toll Free - 1-866-225-0709