Henkel recalls Alterna Hair Spray due to potential health risk

By Alessandro Carrara

A bacterium found in the spray may lead to an increased risk of disease or infection in people with certain underlying health conditions

The product first went on sale on April 12, 2022

Henkel, the German consumer goods company, is voluntarily recalling 180 bottles of its Alterna Bond Repair no-rinse heat protection spray due to a possible health risk.

The owner of Schwarzkopf said tests revealed the product could potentially be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc).

The bacterium, according to Henkel, poses few medical risks to healthy people, but can lead to an increased risk of disease or infection in people who have certain health conditions.

A weakened immune system, chronic lung diseases, chronic granulomatous disease or wound infections are among the list of health problems.

Patients with underlying lung disease, particularly cystic fibrosis, may also be at increased risk for serious Bcc infections.

Henkel said it received no reports of harm or injury related to the spray.

The spray comes in a 4.2 ounce purple plastic spray bottle and has lot number Y401427403 on the bottom.

The specific lot first went on sale on April 12, 2022.

“As part of our commitment to our consumers, those who have purchased the applicable 4.2 ounce bottles of Alterna Bond Repair Leave-In Heat Protection Spray described above are asked to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund,” Henkel said in its announcement.

“We seek to minimize any inconvenience this may cause consumers and are committed to their complete satisfaction.”

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Henkel said it is making this voluntary recall with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Melissa R. Brumfield