Dental rinse recalled

Foster’s Food Fair IGA would like to announce due to a voluntary warning and recall by the manufacturer and to ensure the safety and well being of all our customers and their children, we have proactively pulled all the affected Listerine Agent Cool Blue Plaque-Detecting Rinse Glacier Mints and Bubble Blast product from its shelves.

The recall was announced after the company determined that the preservative system is not adequate against certain micro-organisms.

‘Until we have a guarantee of the safety of this affected product moving forward, it will not be available. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, however the safety of our customers and their children is our top priority,’ states a Foster’s press release. ‘We encourage all customers who have purchased these products to return the affected product to their Foster’s Food Fair IGA of purchase for a full refund.’

McNeil-PPC Inc. conducted a thorough assessment and concluded that the risk of illness in healthy individuals following use of this product is very low. However, there could be a significant health risk to individuals with weakened or suppressed immune systems. To date, there have been no consumer adverse health events reported that are related to this issue.

Consumers should discontinue using and properly discard the product, and may obtain a full refund through calling the company’s toll free consumer line 1-888-222-0249 and mailing in the back label, including the UPC code. Additional information can be found at the product website

Introduced in 2006, Agent Cool Blue Plaque-Detecting Rinse tints plaque blue for better brushing. Consumers can readily distinguish this product by the cartoon character on the front of the bottle. Only Agent Cool Blue Plaque-Detecting Rinse products are affected by this action. No other Listerine-branded products are affected and they remain safe and effective for use as directed.

“We have voluntarily initiated this recall of Agent Cool Blue Plaque-Detecting Rinse because our primary concern is that consumers have complete confidence in the safety and effectiveness of our products,” said Paul Sturman, president, Consumer Healthcare North America, McNeil-PPC, Inc. “This voluntary action is in keeping with our longstanding policy of providing timely and effective consumer information about all our products.”

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