Colgate-Palmolive is recalling 4.9 million bottles of its popular multi-purpose cleaning product Fabuloso due to the possible presence of dangerous bacteria. The recalled cleaners may contain Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas fluorescens, pathogens that could pose a serious risk to people with weakened immune systems who could develop a serious infection if exposed.
The New York Times reports that if you purchased a bottle of Fabuloso between December 2022 and January 2021 — online through Amazon or in-store at Dollar General, Family Dollar, Walmart, and Home Depot — you should discontinue the product immediately.
#To remind: 4.9 million all-purpose cleaners from @fabulosobrand may contain bacteria. Risk of infection for consumers with a weakened immune system. Stop using immediately. Get refund, replacement. Full recall: https://t.co/QzORVOCdBB pic.twitter.com/pnAWQ3l1k8
— U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) February 8, 2023
Colgate-Palmolive also advises customers not to empty the bottles before throwing them away. Refunds or free replacements are available to anyone who purchased the affected product.
This is the latest in a series of similar recalls, including Pine-Sol in October 2020 and Laundress in December 2020, highlighting the need for more attention to the safety of household cleaning products. View the full list of recalled products here.