If you have this popular hairspray, get rid of it now, FDA warns – Best Life

While the seemingly endless expansion of the peanut butter recall has been making headlines across the United States for the past few days, another potentially dangerous product might be lurking in your bathroom right now. Read on to find out which popular hairspray is being recalled and why it’s potentially dangerous, as well as what to do if you have it in your bathroom right now.

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Due to the wide range of related products, the recall of Jif Peanut Butter has been making headlines for the past few days. On May 20, JM Smucker Co. announced that it was recalling certain Jif peanut butter products sold in the United States. The recalled peanut butter was distributed nationwide to retail stores and other outlets. The recalled products include a wide range of crispy, creamy and natural Jif peanut butter in various sizes and packaging types, all named May 20 on the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) website.

After Jif’s initial recall, many other product recalls followed, as these products also contain some of the potentially contaminated peanut butter. It started on May 21, with Wawa announcing a recall of two products containing Jif, according to the FDA’s website. Then, on May 23, Cargill issued a recall notice on other related products, and the cascade of related recalls continued through Memorial Day weekend.

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Recall of Alterna hair sprays
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The latest recall is for Alterna Hairspray. In a recall notice dated May 26 and posted on the FDA’s website on May 27, Henkel Corporation announced that it was voluntarily recalling 180 bottles of its Alterna Bond Repair 4.2-ounce leave-in heat protectant spray.

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The reason for the recall is that Alterna Hair Spray may be contaminated with burkholderia cepacia complex. The group of bacteria “poses little medical risk to healthy people,” according to the FDA statement, but may cause an “increased risk of illness or infection” in people who have certain health conditions, such as a weakened immune system, chronic lung disease, granulomatous disease or wound infections. People with underlying lung disease (especially cystic fibrosis) may also be at increased risk.

The company discovered the potential hazard in some of its bottles following testing. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported so far.

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Recall of Alterna hair sprays
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The Alterna Bond Repair No-Rinse Heat Protection Spray named in the recall comes in a 4.2-ounce purple plastic spray bottle. The affected bottles bear the lot mark Y401427403 on the underside. They were distributed nationwide and went on sale to the public no earlier than April 12, 2022.

If you purchased a bottle that matches this description, the notice invites you to return it to the store where you obtained it in exchange for a full refund.

“We seek to minimize any inconvenience this may cause consumers and are committed to their complete satisfaction,” the brand notes in the recall statement. To that end, consumers who have questions about this recall may contact dedicated customer specialists at 888-4ALTERNA or by email at [email protected] This customer service line is operational Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST. On weekends and after hours, an automated messaging system will provide callers with information on how to reach an emergency call center.

If you have any medical questions or think you have symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.

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Melissa R. Brumfield