Arbonne recalls eyeliner over bacterial contamination

Fine Line Liquid Eye Liner in Eclipse and Arbor shades found to contain three strains of bacteria

US cosmetics brand Arbonne is in the process of recalling its Fine Line Liquid Eye Liner after it was found to contain three strains of bacteria.

The FDA confirmed yesterday that 14,837 units of the eyeliner in shade Eclipse (black) and 3,818 units in Arbor (brown) are being recalled after they were found to contain Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Staphylococcus lentus, and Staphylococcus xylosis.

Staphylococcus saprophyticus is a bacteria that naturally resides in human and animal gastrointestinal tracts and genitals; in women it commonly causes urinary tract infections.

Meanwhile Staphylococcus lentus is a coagulase-negative bacterium usually of animal origin, and Staphylococcus xylosis is known to commonly exist on the skin of animals.

The voluntary recall was first announced in June. In a statement shared with Cosmetics Business, Arbonne stated: “Customer satisfaction and product quality are Arbonne’s highest priority and to date, there have been no reports of any injury relating to the product.”

“To our knowledge, the recall is isolated to the liquid eyeliner and no other products are affected.”

Arbonne is currently closing the recall in the remaining countries where the product was offered for sale, namely the US, Canada and Australia.

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