Utah company responds to FDA recall

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ROY -- The FDA has recalled products from a skin sanitizer company based in Roy. The new company, Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory, Inc., says its products are safe and none of them are on the market.

"We've never had one problem. We've never had one complaint," said Bill Markham, CEO of Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory, Inc.

Now they have one huge complaint. The FDA issued a formal warning not to use any of the Roy company's products because they've found "high levels of disease-causing bacteria" in several bottles.

The FDA goes on to say that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory has made sanitizers that could cause infections that "may need medical or surgical attention and may result in permanent damage."

Clarcon says the products are safe. "I have family members, grandkids, others that have been using it for a couple years and absolutely no problems whatsoever," Markham said.

The sanitizers are not alcohol-based, and Markham says they use a special aloe vera plant, beta-carotenes and yogurt-like cultures to work with the skin.

The recalled products include:

  • Citrushield Lotion
  • Dermasentials DermaBarrier
  • Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer
  • Iron Fist Hand Treatment
  • Skin Shield Restaurant
  • Skin Shield Industrial
  • Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion
  • Total Skin Care Beauty
  • Total Skin Care Work

Markham says there are probably hundreds of bottles out there, but in distributors' hands. It's not for sale in stores and not available to medical professionals.

According to Markham, the FDA found bacteria common in ground water and soil in a few products. He thinks something may have happened after the manufacturing process because the FDA got different results from samples taken from the same batch.

"If it was contaminated in the process, then there'd be the same findings straight across the board," Markham said.

Clarcon is going to destroy its whole inventory. Next, it is going to use a Salt Lake manufacturer and hope to have a new batch out within the month.

E-mail: ngonzales@ksl.com

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