Up to 15,000 tubs of Liz Earle’s very popular product Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser have been recalled due to contamination worries.
The product has been sold on their website, and has since been taken down due to findings showing harmful bacteria have been located.
The award winning cleanser was recalled urgently this week after it was revealed that certain batches may contain high levels of Enterobacter gergoviae, a bacteria usually found in the bowel and in the external environment.
The European Commissions Rapid Alert system issued the warning last night, stating that the beauty product “could cause skin and eye infections, particularly in consumers with a weakened immune system”.
But don't worry, unless you have an incredibly weak immune system, you should be okay.
Microbiologist Hugh Pennington told The Sun:
The bug wouldn’t do much damage to ordinary folk, but the big worry are high-risk people. If you had leukaemia and the bug got into the bloodstream, then it could be really serious. If you can’t make a cleansing product that isn’t bacteria-free, you shouldn’t be selling it – it’s as simple as that.
A Liz Earle spokesperson has stated that the affected products were sold only via their website, and that buyers had all been offered a refund:
Liz Earle Beauty Co. have taken every measure to ensure this doesn’t happen again. They have also carried out a thorough inspection of all their other products and none is affected.