Exposure to Bacteria Prompts Recall of Six Brands of Dry Carpet Cleaning Powder

The powder may contain harmful bacteria, posing a hazard to immunocompromised consumers

Exposure to Bacteria Prompts Recall of Six Brands of Dry Carpet Cleaning Powder
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November 28, 2016

Milliken has recalled six brands of dry carpet cleaning powder due to potential exposure to harmful bacteria. Approximately 550,000 units of cleaner are included in this recall.

The powder may contain bacteria that poses a risk of respiratory and other infections to individuals who are immunocompromised. Those whose immune systems are healthy are, in general, unaffected by the bacteria.

The affected brands of dry carpet cleaner include Arm & Hammer, Capture, Healthy Home, Oreck, Resista, and Riccar. The powder may be sprinkled across carpets and rugs for cleaning and deodorization purposes. The cleaner was sold in different sizes and lot numbers, the latter of which are printed on stickers on each container marked by a letter and then a five-digit number. Cleaners in the Capture and Resista brands were sold individually as well as part of cleaning kits including a pre-mist spray and a brush. For more information about the specific lot numbers and descriptions affected by the recall, see the official Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) release.

The affected products were sold at Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, Oreck, Wal-Mart, and specialty carpet and vacuum stores across the country from July 2015 until September 2016 for between $5 and $40 for individual bottles and between $20 and $50 for a kit.

There have been no injuries or incidents reported related to this recall.

Consumers are encouraged to immediately stop using the recalled cleaner and to contact the company for a free replacement.

For more information, consumers can reach Milliken at (888) 770-7142.