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Cosmetics Sold in Illinois Recalled for Bacterial Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released a statement recalling “100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Plum Eye Shadow” manufactured under the Purity Cosmetics label of Radical Cosmetics.

The eye shadow was pulled from the market after it was found to have been contaminated with Pseudomonas Luteola, a bacterium that has the potential to cause peritonitis, cellulitis, and bacteremia – bacteria in the blood that has the potential to cause sepsis and death.

Other products from the company’s manufacturing facility were tested for potential contamination but were found to be free from bacteria. Although no injuries have yet to be reported, the products were shipped across the country, including to retail stores in Illinois. Consumers are urged to discontinue use of the product and contact Purity Cosmetics for a refund.

Although cosmetics are generally regulated within the cosmetic industry, when necessary, cosmetic products are regulated by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, a branch of the FDA that is also responsible for regulating food. Labeling of cosmetics is regulated by the FDA, and if merchandise has not been tested prior to being placed on the market, companies are required to place a warning on the products alerting consumers to this fact.

Before products are placed on the market they are required to undergo testing to ensure that they comply with industry safety standards. When dangerous or defective products cause harm or illness to consumers, manufacturers may be held legally responsible for the injuries caused by the products, and the monetary damages caused by those injuries. When this happens, it may give rise to an Illinois personal injury lawsuit.

Products liability law is a branch of Illinois personal injury law that is intended to help people who have been harmed by hazardous products. “Products” in this instance cover a wide range of categories, including:
• Medical devices • Machinery and tools • Medicine and Drugs • Food and tobacco • Toxic chemicals and substances, such as pesticides, asbestos, and mold • Firearms • Autos and other motor vehicles, including trucks and motorcycles • Automobile accessories such as tires, seat belts, airbags and child car seats • Household products and appliances • Toys and recreational equipment • Clothing and apparel • And cosmetics and personal products.

Often, personal injury lawsuits are brought against liable companies to send messages to the corporations to be more careful in the future. Additionally, the publicity from personal injury lawsuits can incite recalls for the dangerous products
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers are particularly proud of the changes that our efforts have brought in this area. In many instances, we have not only recovered substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients, but also helped to ensure that the defective product was removed from the market and prevented from causing any further pain, suffering, and damage.

Dangerous products can pose devastating risks to consumers. The public has the right to purchase products from retail stores without fear that those products will cause injury or death. Special laws are in place to protect consumers, so if you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a dangerous or defective product, contact an attorney to be apprised of your rights under the law.