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Children's Sunscreen Recalled

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 2-Oct-2013

Texas residents who buy sunscreen for children or babies should be sure that they are not using a recalled lotion produced by the W.S. Badger Co. Inc. The company produces organic and natural body care products, including sunscreen. They have recently recalled a single lot of their 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen lotion and all lots of their 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion because the company believes they are defective products.

The lotions are being recalled because Badger believes that they may possibly be contaminated with bacteria and fungi such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis and Acremonium fungi. While no adverse reactions have yet been reported, these microbial contaminants can cause infection in some individuals. Approximately 30,000 containers of sunscreen have been recalled, and it is reportedly the first recall in the company's 18-year history. According to a representative from Badger, the products are tested before being sent out for sale, and these sunscreens passed initial inspection. However, upon further re-testing, it was discovered that the preservatives in these containers had been compromised.

The Badger founder and chief executive remarked that the company takes the recall very seriously and is working to prevent such circumstances from occurring again.Consumers who purchased a possibly contaminated Badger sunscreen can return to the store they originally purchased it from and receive a full refund. Should this not be possible, people can contact Badger directly for a refund.

Defective products can represent huge risks to people's health and safety. Even if a company issues a voluntary recall, they are still responsible for any damage their product does. An Austin personal injury lawyer with experience representing plaintiffs in products liability cases could help someone understand his or her legal options and avenues for pursuing compensation.

Source: NBC News, "Sunscreen for babies, kids recalled for potential contamination", JoNel Aleccia, September 25, 2013

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