Arbonne eyeliners recalled over bacteria concerns
Arbonne 'It’s A Fine Line' Liquid Eye Liner
Published Tuesday, June 28, 2016 8:49AM EDT
Swiss-based cosmetics maker Arbonne is recalling two shades of liquid eyeliner sold in Canada, over concerns the cosmetics could be contaminated with bacteria that cause eye infections.
Arbonne is pulling certain lots of “It's A Fine Line” liquid eyeliner. The recalls involve both shades of the liner: Eclipse (black), as well as Arbor (brown). The affected lot numbers are posted in a Health Canada notice.
The eyeliners could contain strains of Staphylococcus bacteria, including S. saprophyticus, S. lentus, and S. xylosis.
“These bacteria are a cause of infection in humans, although not commonly associated with infection in the eye,” Health Canada said in its notice.
The bacteria could cause conjunctivitis (often referred to as “pink eye,”) or blepharitis, an eyelid infection.
Arbonne says it has received five reports of "potential incidents" or injuries associated with the eyeliner. There have been no reports of injuries to Canadians.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled eyeliners and dispose of them in their household garbage. They can also return to the products to their Arbonne consultant for a refund.
Arbonne says its products are “crafted with premium botanical ingredients” and “adhere to a strict Ingredient Policy”. Its products are available at arbonne.com or through Arbonne independent consultants.
The recalled eyeliners were sold from April 14 to May 18, 2016.