Alcohol swabs sold in drug stores and supermarkets are currently being recalled due to a bacteria contamination that may result in food poisoning if the product is used. The swabs are used in boxes of 100-200. “This is an extremely precautionary recall,” said Shawn McNaughton, vice-president of operations for Shandex Sales Group, the Canadian distributor organizing the recall. So far, one reported incident in the United States has resulted in a positive test result for bacillus cereus. This bacteria may result in sickness if someone were to use the swabs. No reports of adverse reactions have surfaced in Canada.
According to news reports, the recall began on Friday and swabs are now being removed from stores. This recall is especially alarming since it is theoretically impossible for bacteria to grow in alcohol. The swabs were sold using the brand “Life” at Shoppers Drug Mart, while the brand “Equate” was used at Walmart and “Exact” at Loblaws.
As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I hope no one else suffers due to the bacterial infection resulting from the alcohol swabs. If you or a loved one experienced injury due to the negligence of a company, reach out to a personal injury attorney Los Angeles who can help assess your case.