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Sage Products recalls more than 1 million disposable skin-cleansing cloths over microbial hazard

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Linus Unah – Fourth Estate Contributor

Cary, IL, United States (4E) – Illinois-based Sage Products LLC is recalling some lots of various Sage brand single-use, pre-moistened disposable skin-cleansing cloths distributed in Canada due to possible contamination with Burkholderia cepacia , a bacterium which poses little medical risk to healthy people.

Hospitalized patients and people who have certain health problems like a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease may be more susceptible to infections with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia , a Canadian federal department, Health Canada said in announcement posted on its website Thursday.

“Adverse effects can range from non-serious events, such as rash or other skin irritations, to potentially serious and even life-threatening infections of the blood stream or respiratory system,” the Canadian federal department said.

This recall covers some lots of various Comfort Bath Cleansing Washcloths, Incontinence Clean-up Cloths and M-Care Meatal Cleansing Cloths.

Neither Health Canada nor Sage Products has received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of these products in Canada, according to the recall notice.

This recall involves over 1.26 million units of the affected products distributed to healthcare facilities, pharmacies and medical supply stores across Canada.

The affected products were distributed in Canada by Ontario-based Cardinal Health Canada Inc., between Aug. 2014 and Aug. 2016.

The recalled skin-cleansing cloths were used mainly in healthcare settings such as hospitals, but they were also sold nationwide at retail pharmacies and medical supply stores, Health Canada said.

Health Canada is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products and return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers can contact Sage Products toll-free at 1-800-421-6556 or via email to recall.ca@sageproducts.com for more information.

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