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FDA Recalls Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cream Product Containing B. cepacia Bacteria

November 19, 2008

Benzoyl peroxide acne cream 10% marked as:

  • DG Maximum Strength Acne Medicated Gel; 
  • Kroger Acne Gel 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Medication; 
  • Equate: Medicated Acne Gel

CSI USA Inc. and the Food and Drug  Administration informed consumers and healthcare professionals of a nationwide recall of all lots of 1 ounce tubes of 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cream. The products were recalled because samples of the products were found to contain bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia, formerly known as Pseudomonas cepacia.

There may be an increased health risk of infections for individuals with cuts, scrapes, rashes or other compromised skin conditions; or those with weakened or suppressed immune systems. Consumers should discontinue using the product and should return it to the place of purchase.

See a photo of the product being recalled.

Read the entire 2008 MedWatch Safety Summary, including a link to the manufacturer's recall press release.

Additional information can be found at the product website,


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