Alcohol pads, swabs, swabsticks recalled for possible contamination

Alcohol pads, swabs and swabsticks sold over-the-counter in the United States, Canada and Europe are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus, an organism responsible for food borne illnesses that causes severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The recall includes all lots of Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Swabs and Alcohol Swabsticks manufactured by Triad Group, and includes brands with the following names listed on their packages: Cardinal Health, PSS Select, VersaPro, Boca/Ultilet, Moore Medical, Walgreens, CVS, and Conzellin.

The affected products are marked both as sterile as well as non-sterile, and are used to disinfect prior to an injection. They are packaged in individual packets and sold in retail pharmacies in a box containing 100 packets. Use of alcohol pads, swabs or swabsticks that are infected with Bacillus cereus could lead to life-threatening infections, especially in at-risk populations, including suppressed and surgical patients. To-date, one report of a non-life-threatening skin infection has been reported.

Customers with the recalled products in their possession are advised to stop using the product and return it to the place it was purchased for a full refund, or call Triad Group Customer Service at (262) 538-2900 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Any serious side effects with this or any other product should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at