Voluntary recall of dog hair removal conditioner

Voluntary recall of dog hair removal conditioner

FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Dog Conditioner, One Gallon. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Spectrum Brands Pet Care)

Spectrum Brands Pet Care has voluntarily recalled its FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium dog conditioner sold in a clear one-gallon (128-ounce) container with and without a pump. The recall is due to potential contamination of bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), an environmental bacterium commonly found in soil and water that poses a risk of serious infection to people with compromised immune systems or who use external medical devices, such as catheters or ventilators.

The UPC (Universal Product Code) number for the air conditioner on the label is 854460001073. Affected lot numbers for units sold without a pump are 211102, and affected lot numbers for units sold with a pump are 220402 through 240152. These numbers can be found on the bottom of the containers. The products were sold online by Amazon and Chewy from January 2022 to April 2024 and were distributed by Spectrum Brands Pet LLC, of ​​Middleton, Wisconsin.1

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Spectrum Brands Pet Care reported no injuries. However, it has received 4 reports of mold growth in the container.1

A P. aeruginosa the infection can affect various parts of a person’s body, including the skin, blood, lungs, and gastrointestinal (GI) tract.2 P. aeruginosa it generally does not cause infections in people with healthy immune systems. It can, however, be potentially deadly for immunocompromised individuals.2 The bacteria can enter the body through the eyes, a break in the skin, or if inhaled.1 The infection is usually treated with antibiotics, although these bacteria have developed resistance to certain antibiotics.2

Some of the types of infections these bacteria can cause include2:

  • Septicemia
  • Ear infection
  • Eye infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Skin infection (cellulitis)
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Infections of the gastrointestinal tract, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus

Approximately 102,000 containers of hair removal conditioners were sold in the United States, 250 of which were also sold in Canada. The recall was issued on June 6, 2024.1

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled pet conditioner and contact the company for a full refund.1 CPSC and Spectrum Brands Pet Care warn consumers not to empty the product before disposing and not to pour it down the toilet or drain. Instead, customers should label the product with the word “Retired”, upload an image showing the product’s UPC, date, and customer’s initials, then upload another photo of the product disposed of in the bin on the FURminator website. Upon successful registration, the company will process refunds for eligible purchases.1

References

  1. Spectrum Brands Pet Care recalls pet fur remover conditioner due to risk of exposure to bacteria. Press release. United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. June 6, 2024. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2024/Spectrum-Brands-Pet-Care-Recalls-Pet-Fur-deShedding-Conditioner-Due-to-Risk-of-Exposure-to-Bacteria
  2. Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. Cleveland Clinic. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/25164-pseudomonas-infection

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