Clorox recalls cleaning products that may contain bacteria

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — If you’ve been thinking of wiping down your kitchen with that bottle of Pine-Sol All-Purpose Cleaner under your sink — stop. It may contain bacteria that can cause serious illness in people with weakened immune systems.

The Clorox Company announced on Tuesday that it has recalled its scented multi-surface cleaners and all-purpose cleaners. The recall does not include its iconic original pine-scented Pine-Sol, which is its only product registered as a disinfectant.

Products recalled by the Oakland, Calif.-based company also include CloroxPro Pine-Sol Scented All-Purpose Cleaners and Clorox Professional Pine-Sol Lemon Fresh Cleaners, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

The products “may contain bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an environmental organism found widely in soil and water,” the commission said.

“The bacteria can enter the body if it is inhaled, through the eyes or through a tear in the skin. People with a healthy immune system are generally unaffected by the bacteria,” the commission said.

The tests identified bacteria in recalled products manufactured between January 2021 and September 2022, the commission said. He said consumers should take photos of the 12-digit UPC code and date code, throw the product in its container in the trash, and contact the company for a refund.

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