The survey involved 115 cosmetics found in shops and online retailers, of which, Nude by Nature Liquid Mineral Foundation, Australian Lavender Essentials Eye Cream and Australian Lavender Essentials Face Up, the Essential Moisturiser were found to have contained bacteria, mould and yeast.
The ACCC negotiated recalls with suppliers after finding these three products contained unacceptable levels of microbial contamination based on internationally-set recommended limits.
“Microbial contamination can cause diseases and serious infections. The biggest concern with these particular cosmetic products is that they are intended for use around sensitive areas, such as the eyes and lips,”says ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard.
“Skin with acne, cuts or abrasions, or a weak immune system can also make the wearer more vulnerable to infections and diseases from the germs.”
The ACCC urged cosmetics makers to be vigilant about hygienic manufacturing practices and the effectiveness of the preservatives they use in their products.
“Consumers should be able to rely on the safety of products that they apply directly to their skin, which is often on a daily basis over long periods of time,” Ms Rickard said.
“If you have one of these recalled cosmetic products, stop using it immediately and return it to the point of sale for a full refund.”
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Nude by Nature has since spoken out that it expects the contamination discovered to only affect "a few batches" of a single product, not the rest of its range.
On being contacted by the Authority, the spokeswoman stated that the results found by the ACCC did not match its own independent testing.