To hogoblin;s points:
Rule of thumb is that pH is only an assurance against contamination if 2 or less and 12 or greater. Preservatives are designed primarily to address in-use contamination. Don;t forget, some cosmetics are applied close to or the eye and a pseudomonas on a mascara bursh that scartches the cornea would establidh a nasty infection. True - some kind of compromise to host defenses would be needed to make the contamination a real risk and, to that, 25-30% of the US population is immunocompromised. This information provoked FDA to hold a recent public meeting on micro contamination of cosmetics
. Cosmetic Microbiological Safety Issues – Public Meeting. Docket FDA-2011-N-0770. Fed. Reg. 76: 67461. Bethesda MD. November, 2011.
Pito - look at the following recall. Not only the contamination but the contet of product applicatin.
1) TestaEdge Cream For Men, Homeopathic, packaged in 4-oz. jars, Paraben Free, NDC # 57520-0688-1, UPC Code 898849001001. Recall # D-1199-2012;
2) TestaEdge Cream For Women, Homeopathic, packaged in 4-oz. jars, Paraben Free, NDC # 57520-0907-1, UPC Code 898849001018. Recall # D-1200-2012;
3) Pain Relief Cream, Homeopathic, packaged in 4-oz jars, Paraben Free, NDC # 57520-0689-1, UPC Code 898849001025. Recall # D-1201-2012;
4) Libido Edge Labs Total GH Cream, Homeopathic, packaged in 4-oz. jars, Paraben free, NDC # 57520-0690-1, UPC Code 898849001278. Recall # D-1202-2012
Apotheca Inc, Woodbine, IA, by telephone on January 17, 2011 and e-mail and certified mail letters on January 20, 2011. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
Microbial Contamination of Non-Sterile Products: presence of Enterobacter gergoviae and Pseudomonas monteilii/plecoglossicida.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
Edited by Phil Geis, 07 March 2012 - 06:30 PM.