Pascal Company, Inc., the maker of NeutraGard 0.05% and NeutraGard Plus 0.2% Neutral Sodium Fluoride Anticavity Treatment Rinse, has recalled all lots and flavors of its oral rinse due to possible contamination by Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
Although B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people, individuals with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases may experience effects ranging from mild or no symptoms up to serious respiratory infections.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa may cause bacteremia and a variety of serious systemic infections, including: respiratory, urinary tract, soft tissue, bone and joint, and gatrointestinal infections, especially in patients with severe burns, cancer,and AIDS.
Consumers and dental offices that have the products should discontinue use and either destroy them or return them to the place of purchase for further processing. See the FDA’s Medwatch alert