Health & Fitness

Some diaper cream had too much yeast, mold, bacteria, the FDA said. Some got recalled.

Four lots of a Mexican diaper cream sold at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and several other chain stores have been recalled after the FDA found some of it “contaminated with high levels of yeast, mold, and bacteria.”

Parent companies MarcasUSA and Industria Farmacéutica Andromaco, S.A. de C.V., in the rare recall notice posted in English and Spanish, claims the FDA-tested lot of Pasta De Lassar Andromaco Skin Protectant, 25% zinc oxide wasn’t sold in the United States. But, the companies wrote, “due to the amount and type of contamination the remaining four lots in the U.S. market are being recalled out of an abundance of caution.”

The cream, used for prevention and treatment of diaper rash and other minor irritations, comes in individually boxed, 60-gram tubes. The affected lots are No. 17LP117 with an expiration date of 10-2020; No. 15PL041, expiration date of 4-2018; No. 15PL040, expiration date 4-2018; and No. 15PL039, expiration date of 5-2018. They were sold nationwide at retail stores and online.

Those with the recalled tubes should throw them out or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with questions can call MarcasUSA at 1-800-428-9489 or by e-mail at, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time.

There are many numbers and dates on the foods, drugs, cosmetics, and other products we use every day. When unsafe products must be removed from the market, these numbers and dates can help identify them quickly.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal