Hotel shampoo with bacteria recalled

Hotel shampoo provided in rooms is recalled

On August 19 2010 Health Canada recalled "Ora" and "Lilac" Conditioning Shampoos that come in the 7 ml packages. These are provided as hotel amenities.

The "Lilac" conditioning shampoo comes with pictures of lilacs around the words "Conditioning Shampoo". The "Ora" conditioning shampoo has a label with the product name.

What is the danger?

Health Canada's concern is that their sampling and evaluation program has determined that the "Ora" conditioning shampoo is contaminated with the bacteria Klebsiella oxytoca and Serratia liquefaciens. These strains of bacteria can cause infections in people with a weakened immune system.

Gateway Soap is voluntarily extending the recall to include a similar line of product, the "Lilac" conditioning shampoo, as it may pose a similar risk. At this point Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these products.

What do I do?

You should stop using the recalled product and dispose of it in regular household garbage. Often travelers will take the extra shampoos and conditioners home in their luggage. Check to be sure that this product does not end up in your child's gym bag.

Where was this distributed?

Inns and motels in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan provided these products to their guests from August 2009 to August 2010. The products were made in Canada by Gateway Soap of Winnipeg, Manitoba.