We all have that one tube of Bacitraycin ointment in our medicine cabinets that we haven't used in awhile. But it's crucial that you take a closer look at yours right now, because 500,000 units of Bacitraycin ointment just got recalled for posing a risk of poisoning young kids.
The product, Maximum Strength Bacitraycin Plus Ointment with Lidocaine, has been removed from shelves because the packaging is not child-resistant, which is required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Considering this product contains lidocaine, it could possibly poison little children if they put it on their skin or swallow it.
Even if you don't think that you purchased this specific ointment, it's worth double-checking your first-aid kit just to be sure. The recalled ointment was sold in a white, one-ounce tube with the words "Bacitraycin Plus" on the front in green letters. The lot number is printed on the end of the tube. All the lot numbers affected by this recall can be found below:
16001 through 16002
404001 through 404002
405001 through 405003
406001 through 406004
407001 through 407002
415001 through 415010
416001 through 416003
417001 through 417004
If you did buy one of these ointments, the CPSC urges you to immediately place it out of reach of children and contact United Exchange for instructions on how to get a full refund from the store where you purchased it. Call United Exchange at 888-645-8204 or visit the website for more information.
But even if you didn't buy any of the recalled products, it's worth spreading the word to anyone who you think might have bought them — especially if they have young kids or grandkids running around. Let's do our part to help keep the little ones safe!
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