SINGAPORE: Authorities have found bacteria that can affect those with weak immune systems in three products. Care Wipes disposable skin cleansing wipes, Trihexid Chlorhexidine Mouth Rinse and Pearlie White Fluoride Mouth Rinse.
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has initiated a voluntary recall of all three products because certain batches have been found to contain the B.cepacia bacteria.
For people who have used these products, HSA said they do not have to be too concerned because the bacteria poses little medical risks to healthy people. However, those with health concerns should consult their doctors.
HSA added that it is best that people stop using these products.
It conducted a check on them after detecting that another product, Oral Guard Mouth Wash, was contaminated last month.
HSA said B.cepacia is a bacterium that can be found in water, soil and other moist environmental sources. B.cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases may be more susceptible to infections with B.cepacia. There have been reported cases of B.cepacia detected in products such as mouth rinses and cleansing wipes in other parts of the world.
HSA is currently overseeing the voluntary recall of the affected products and working with the companies to identify the root cause of B.cepacia contamination in the products.
Meanwhile, HSA will continue to monitor the situation closely and continue with its tests. The public will be informed of any significant safety findings arising from its surveillance and product testing.
Channel News Asia