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Face Lotion Recalled Because of Potentially-Deadly Bacteria

The FDA has just released a statement detailing the recall of Organique by Himalaya Nourishing Night Cream because samples of the face lotion were found to contain the bacteria staphylococcus aureus and a type of fungus.

Product liability is an area of personal injury law that focuses on dangerous and defective products. Illinois product liability lawsuits arise when manufactures and distributors of products disseminate hazardous or contaminated products to the public, and persons are harmed as a result. The corporations may then be held legally responsible for any injuries caused by the flawed merchandise.

According to the FDA’s report, the product in this case was distributed across the United States and Canada, and the bacteria were traced to the bottle’s pump components, which were supplied by a third-party manufacturer. Because there was no way to determine if all pumps used in manufacturing this particular line were contaminated, the Himalaya Drug Company is recalling the entire batch.

According to Buisinessweek Magazine, the Himalaya Drug Company is an international corporation whose products are sold in 60 countries across the world. The company develops, produces, and sells pharmaceutical, personal care, and consumer health products for children’s, women’s, men’s, and general health.

The product in question – the Nourishing Night Cream – was sold in a cylinder shaped teal bottle with an orange cap, said MSNBC.

Although the bacteria staphylococcus aureus is a natural microbe that is harmless in small amounts, when introduced to broken skin or to persons with compromised immune systems, it may cause Staph infections, as well as a variety of other illnesses that range from minor skin infections to potentially-fatal diseases such as meningitis, pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and sepsis.

To date, no injuries have yet been reported from the affected batches of Nourishing Night Cream, but if consumers do suffer infection from the lotion, the company may be held responsible for compensating victims for their injuries in an Illinois personal injury lawsuit. Damages may include such things as medical and hospital expenses to treat the effects of the disease, and, in more serious cases, compensation for the loss of a loved one after a wrongful death.

Himalaya Drug Company is voluntarily participating in the recall, and will test all third-party bottle components for disease, in the future. Consumers are urged not to use the cream, and instead to return the product to a retail store or directly to the corporation for a refund or replacement.

Our Chicago injury lawyers represent plaintiffs across Illinois in matters against corporations or manufacturers who have sold or manufactured unsafe products for consumers. “Products,” in this instance covers a wide range of categories, including
• Medical devices • Machinery and tools • Medicine and Drugs, both prescription and non-prescription • Food and tobacco • Toxic chemicals and substances, such as pesticides, asbestos, and mold • 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, and • Clothing and apparel
We are particularly proud of the changes that our Illinois injury lawyers’ efforts have brought in this area. In many instances, our attorneys 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.

If you or a loved one have had an incident with a product that caused an injury, or are the survivor of someone who may have died from the use or exposure to a dangerous or defective product, it’s important that you know your rights under the law.