Health Canada has issued recalls for three personal care products since January 2022, two of which were for microbial contamination, and the third for potential benzene content.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
On March 4, 2022, Health Canada recalled Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water makeup remover, 850 mL (lot number 22414H; UPC 774665181779), for microbial contamination. According to the agency, some recalled products could contain the common microorganism Serratia marcescens, which can, on rare occasions, cause severe infections in healthy individuals. Those who have a weakened immune system or other conditions, such as recent surgery, could be infected. The anticipated hazard is a skin infection (pimples) or an eye infection, in the event of accidental contact with eyes (conjunctivitis). As of Feb. 25, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.
Unilever Brut Classic Aerosol Spray Deodorant
On Feb. 21, 2022, Unilever's Brut brand Classic Aerosol Spray Deodorant (154 g; model number BRC27017 - Brut Aero Deo 12/1 154G; UPC 00827755070177) was recalled due to the potential presence of benzene. Health Canada noted no incidents or injuries have been reported from the use of this product in Canada as of Feb. 16, 2022. Further details were not provided.
Equate Dry Mouth Oral Rinse
On Jan. 6, 2022, Equate Dry Mouth Oral Rinse (UPC 6-28915-5812-3). The affected lot number of 0430552) was recalled due to microbial contamination. According to Health Canada's report, the recalled products may contain the microorganism Klebsiella pneumonia, which can cause a wide range of infections in humans. As of Dec. 22, 2021, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.