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Arbonne Recalls Liquid Eyeliner

The company said it found bacteria in its liquid eyeliner and informed customers.

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration announced that Arbonne International, a California-based personal-care products company, has voluntarily issued a recall of thousands of units of two of its eyeliner products due to bacterial contamination.

The company is recalling 14,837 unites of its “It’s a Fine Line” liquid eyeliner in black and 3,818 units of its brown liquid eyeliner after finding bacteria in the products , according to the FDA.

Arbonne is a subsidiary of National Products Group Inc., which manufactures and distributes personal-care products. It was founded in 2004 and is based in Irvine, Calif.

Arbonne said in an e-mailed statement that it initiated a global voluntary product recall on both of the color shades “because the product may contain bacteria.”

“Customer satisfaction and product quality are Arbonne’s highest priority and to date, there have been no reports of any injury relating to the products,” the company stated.

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“We initiated this voluntary recall when our third-party manufacturer informed us that standard safety testing of our most recent order of goods revealed the presence of a common type of bacteria,” Arbonne said. “While all products made prior to this date passed safety testing, out of an abundance of caution and due to our high-quality standards, we are recalling all liquid eye liners. To our knowledge, the recall is isolated to the liquid eyeliner and no other products are affected.”

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The company said once independent testing of the product “confirmed the presence of Staphylococcus saprophyticus,” it notified all of those who purchased the product via e-mail and informed them of the recall, instructing them to discard the product or return it to Arbonne for a full refund.

Arbonne also set up a dedicated e-mail address for questions and concerns — liquidEyeliner@arbonne.comand has a toll-free company number — 800-ARBONNE, or 800-272-6663.

According to the FDA, Arbonne manufactures and distributes cosmetics products, including It’s a Fine Line Liquid Eyeliner in the U.S. Its products are sold on the Arbonne web site, as well as through independent consultants who market Arbonne eye liner product directly to consumers.

It’s a Fine Line Liquid Eye Liner is also sold through subsidiaries in Canada, the U.K., Poland and Australia, the FDA said.

The company continued, “our recall has concluded and we are working to close the recall in the remaining countries where the product was offered for sale, in the U.S., Canada and Australia,” the company noted. “Arbonne believes in the quality and safety of every Arbonne product and has a 36-year history of producing safe and beneficial formulas used and enjoyed by many people throughout the world.”

Under the current statute, the FDA does not have the legal authority to require a company to recall a product thought to be unsafe. The agency can test manufacturing facilities and provide results to companies and, where warranted, urge them to initiate a voluntary recall.

Critics of the FDA’s limited authority have called for strengthening the FDA’s oversight of cosmetics through new legislation. There are two bills pending in Congress.