WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Clorox is recalling some of its Pine-Sol products after the consumer safety regulator found bacteria in them.
- The bacteria discovered can cause serious infection in people with weakened immune systems.
- Clorox said the recall doesn’t include its original pine-scented Pine-Sol.
Clorox announced Tuesday that it is recalling some Pine-Sol products because they may contain bacteria, including pseudomonas aeruginosa, an environmental organism usually found in soil and water.
According to the company’s recall notice, people with weakened immune systems or wearing external medical devices who are exposed “face a risk of serious infection that may require medical treatment.”
Pseudomonas aeruginosa can enter the body if inhaled, through the eyes, or through a break in the skin, according to the recall notice.
The recall is being conducted out “of an abundance of caution,” Clorox said. The company added that the bacteria were discovered in certain products that were produced between January 2021 and September 2022.
Clorox is recalling about 37 million products that were manufactured at its facility in Forest Park, Georgia.
There have been no reported cases of illness as of this writing.
“We are conducting this recall to safeguard your health and wellbeing,” Clorox said. “Importantly, Original Pine-Sol (Pine scent) is not included in this recall and you may continue to safely use it as intended.”
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, affected Pine-Sol products were sold at Amazon and other retail websites as well as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Kroger, Lowe’s, Publix and other major retailers across the country.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the affected products that are listed at Pinesolrecall.com. They have date codes printed on the bottle beginning with “A4” and followed by a five-digit number less than 22249, indicating they were produced prior to September 2022.
Consumers are encouraged to take photos of the 12-digit UPC code and the date code before disposing of the product “in its container with household trash.”
Then, contact Pine-Sol at Pinesolrecall.com or the hotline at 1-855-378-4982 for a full refund of the purchase price with a receipt or the manufacturer’s suggested retail price without a receipt.