Badger Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion and Badger Kids SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion are being recalled in Canada. Additional lots of the product — manufactured by the W.S. Badger Company Inc. — are being recalled in the U.S., which Canadian travellers may have purchased.
In an advisory, Health Canada said the microbes can cause pneumonia, meningitis and infections of the blood, bone, urinary tract and gastrointestinal system.
The advisory went on to say that those with weakened immune systems from such conditions as cystic fibrosis, cancer or diabetes, or with burns or other skin conditions, have a heightened risk of infection.
In healthy consumers, the advisory said, bacteria can enter the body through cuts and burns and may cause skin and blood infections, as well as eye and outer ear infections.
Health Canada says parents who purchased affected lots of sunscreen should return the product to the point of purchase.
The sunscreens were found to contain Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis and Acremonium fungi, but no adverse reactions from use of the products have been reported to Health Canada or the company.
Badger Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion and Badger Kids SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion were sold across Canada. Two importers have been identified: Purity Life Health Products in Acton, Ont., and Christmas Natural in Burnaby, B.C.
The Canadian recall affects Badger Baby sunscreen lots 3057A and 3132A and Badger Kids sunscreen lot 3164A.
The U.S. recall also includes "Baby" sunscreen lots 3024A, 3063A, 3063B, 3132A and 3133A.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly attributed the possible impact of the microbes to the W.S. Badger Company, rather than to the Health Canada advisory.