MONTREAL – Health Canada is advising Canadians against using Personnelle brand sunscreen lotion due to a microbial contamination. The affected products were sold in Jean Coutu retail locations.
While two types of bacteria were found in the lotions, Health Canada is only concerned with Micrococcus luteus.
The Micrococcus luteus bacterium can cause various infections from skin infections to more serious problems including meningitis, septic shock, pneumonia endocarditis and even sepsis.
Health Canada warned that children and those with weakened immune systems may be at higher risk of developing infections.
The affected products are as follows:
- Personnelle Sunscreen Lotion 50+ SPF Children and Adults with DIN number 02395983, lot number 21275 and expiration date of JUNE/2017
- Personnelle Sunscreen Lotion 30 SPF Children and Adults with DIN 02395975, lot number 20145 and expiration date of JAN 27. 2017
The sunscreens should not be used and Health Canada is advising anyone with concerns to contact their local health care provider.