Jessica Alba‘s The Honest Company is conducting a voluntary recall of their organic baby powder after concerns that the product caused eye and skin infections.
The recall comes after testing revealed possible microorganism contaminations during production that may cause infections, according to NBC News.
“With the full knowledge and under the guidance of the FDA, we’ve decided to voluntarily recall this product out of an abundance of caution,” Christopher Gavigan, the company’s co-founder along with Alba, said in a video posted on the company’s website Wednesday.
“On behalf of my co-founders and everyone here at Honest, I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience,” he adds. “This decision, like all of our decisions, was guided by our ongoing commitment to the health, well-being, and satisfaction of our customers.”
The baby powder has been in stores since April 14. PEOPLE has contacted the company for further comment.
Alba and The Honest Company have faced several lawsuits over the effectiveness of their products — from laundry detergent to sunscreen to hand soap — and the company’s “all-natural” claims since its founding in 2011.
The company was sued in Sept. 2015 by a consumer who said that several of the products actually contain “unnatural” and synthetic” ingredients, and that the sunscreen is “ineffective.”
Several other consumers took to social media to show how the SPF 30 sunscreen left them with sunburns. Eventually the Honest Company reformulated the sunscreen.
Another lawsuit filed in April 2016 alleges that the company’s organic baby formula actually contains 11 synthetic ingredients that would be unsafe for infants.
Alba, who was reportedly in talks with Unilever to sell the estimated $1.7 billion company, said in August that she believes the lawsuits are likely due to her fame.
“If an organization wants to bring awareness to their cause, I’m an easy target and our brand is an easy target obviously because I get different kind of attention than other brands would,” Alba, 35, said on Today.
“We stand by our ingredients … and we’re pretty optimistic that we’re going to win every case.”
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Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder
Actress Jessica Alba’s the Honest Company announced a voluntary recall of its organic baby powder due to possible contamination with microorganisms that may cause eye and skin infections.
The product was recalled after possible contamination with microorganisms was discovered during routine testing, the California-based company said in a statement on their website.
“Possible contamination with some microorganisms was found, including some species associated with skin or the infections, for that reason and with the full knowledge and under the guidance of the FDA, we've decided to voluntarily recall this product out of an abundance of caution," Christopher Gavigan, co-founder of the company, said in a video posted on the company's website.
The organic baby powder, which is talc-free and advertised as a “natural dusting product with probiotics,” is sold in 4 oz. containers with the code UPC #817810014529 and can be returned for a full refund.
The company said that no other products are affected by the recall.
The Honest Company is no stranger to headlines about their products. In March, the Wall Street Journal questioned its claims of a clean, green liquid laundry detergent.
The newspaper, citing two independent lab tests ordered up by the WSJ, says Honest’s liquid detergent contains the cleaning agent Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which Honest has said could irritate skin.
The company refuted the claims in a statement, and said that it used Sodium Coco-Sulfate (SCS), which is a "gentler alternative."
The company has also faced several lawsuits, ranging from allegations that synthetic ingredients are used in some products to an ongoing lawsuit seeking damages for false advertising and harm to customers, who say Honest Sunscreen SPF 30 failed to protect them from serious sunburn.
Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection concerns
Honest Co., the consumer products company co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, is recalling organic baby powder sold in the U.S. because it may cause skin or eye infections.
The Santa Monica start-up said that a regular test of the powder found possible contamination of microorganisms that can cause infections. The baby powder is sold in the U.S. in 4-ounce bottles.
“Under the full guidance of the FDA, we have decided to voluntarily recall the product out of an abundance of caution,” co-founder Christopher Gavigan said in a video posted on the company’s website. “On behalf of my co-founders and everyone here at Honest, I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
Gavigan said customers can return the product for a full refund. Honest did not say how many bottles were affected.
This is just the latest headline-grabbing problem to hit Honest, whose brand was built on a promise of providing healthy alternatives to traditional consumer products that contain more chemicals.
Last year, Honest said it planned to reformulate its laundry detergent and other cleansing items after a Wall Street Journal investigation found that it contained a chemical the company pledged never to use. It also came out with a new formula for its sunscreen with after customers complained last year that it was ineffective.
Longtime observers say that negative attention contributed to the company seeking a buyer last year. Honest was reportedly in preliminary talks with Unilever regarding a sale, but Unilever ended up acquiring Seventh Generation, a maker of plant-based detergents and cleaners.
In December, Honest said it planned to cut 80 jobs, or about 14% of its workforce, as it reorganized operations to make a more aggressive push into wholesale and other areas of growth.