Friday 24 November 2017

Best-selling cleanser recalled due to 'dangerous' levels of bacteria

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Picture: Boots.com
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

A best-selling cleanser has been recalled due to 'dangerous' levels of bacteria being found during testing.

Fifteen thousand tubes of the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser have been recalled after tests found dangerous levels of bacteria present.

The cult product has won over 100 awards and is a best seller in the UK.

A warning came from the European Commission’s Rapid Alert system after Enterobacter gergoviae was found in the cleanser, which "could cause skin and eye infections, particularly in consumers with a weakened immune system."

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Picture: Boots.com
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Picture: Boots.com

A spokesperson for Liz Earle said: "This issue was confined to a single production batch of Cleanse & Polish and this batch was sold directly via the Liz Earle website.  It was therefore relatively easy to to contact all customers who were potentially affected...all of whom were offered a refund."

"At no time was any affected product present on store shelves."

"Liz Earle Beauty Co have taken every measure to ensure this doesn’t happen again. They have also carried out a thorough inspection of all their other products and none is affected."

The cleanser, which retails for €34.50 for a 200ml tube on the Liz Earle website, is said to gently exfoliate the skin to reveal smooth, bright and clear skin.

Liz Earle was purchased for £140m (€157m) by Boots last year.

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