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FDA Recalls DG Maximum Strength Acne Medicated Gel, Equate: Medicated Acne Gel and Kroger Acne Gel

Beauty Byte: FDA Recalls Three Contaminated Acne Creams

Buyers beware: The Food and Drug Administration has announced the voluntary, nationwide recall of one-ounce tubes of 10 percent benzoyl peroxide manufactured by CSI USA because of possible contamination. The acne creams are found under the following names:

  • Equate: Medicated Acne Gel sold at Wal-Mart stores.
  • DG Maximum Strength Acne Medicated Gel sold at Dollar General stores
  • Kroger Acne Gel 10 percent Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Medication sold at Kroger stores.

Some of the lots of the company's Gallatin, Tenn. facilities contained bacteria identified as Burkholderia Cepacia, which can pose a health hazard for some people.

To learn more about the bacteria and the possible dangers


Burkholderia cepacia (previously known as Pseudomonas Cepacia) can be found in soil and water and are often resistant to common antibiotics. While this poses little medical risk to healthy people, those with health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with these bacteria, according to the CDC.

If you own any of these products, you can obtain a refund by mailing the tube, or proof of purchase, to CSI USA, Inc., 170 Commerce Way, Gallatin, Tenn., 37066, Attn: Acne Cream Recall.


starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Yikes! Throwing out the Equate stuff as soon as I get home! Well, actually, I'll probably send in for the refund... might as well get my money back.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
i use the generic acne cream because my acne isn't that bad. this is pretty scary for me. i hope the cvs generic acne cream isn't affected by this at all.
samida18 samida18 8 years
Close one for me, too. I only use the Clean and Clear and I have a tube of the Walgreens version. I hope they don't get added to the list anytime soon.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
I don't use this anymore since I have such great results with the Burt's Bees Herbal blemish stick but I always used this in the past. So scary...
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Same here jenzene.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
Phew! I'm glad I passed up on the the Wal-Mart brand and went with the original (Clean & Clear) instead!
This is kinda scary, what if i had it and used it and my face went all outa wack, hmm....
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