The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has assessed the health risks associated
with cosmetic products contaminated with P. gergoviae. Only externally applied products –
such as skin creams, make-up or shampoos – were considered.
Since its introduction in 2005, an increasing number of products posing a microbiological risk have been notified via the European rapid alert system for consumer products « Safety Gate » (formerly RAPEX). Ten cosmetic products listed in the RAPEX database were affected by confirmed contamination with P. gergoviae.
If products contaminated with P. gergoviae are used, the bacterium can enter the body via
open wounds or the mucous membranes. Severe infections may develop in people with preexisting conditions…