• Cleaning products recalled due to possible ammonia contamination
  • February 20, 2015
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine P.C. - Englewood Office
  • CR Brands recalled cleaning and degreasing products because they may contain ammonia, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The product labels state "Does not contain ammonia," yet the products may indeed include the harmful ingredient.

    The products recalled are Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser and Mean Green Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser. The products came in white plastic spray bottles and white or green plastic containers. They were sold at Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Fred's, Walmart and other small retailers nationwide from August 2014 to November 2014.

    Though there were no incidents of injuries reported, contact with ammonia can pose a chemical hazard to consumers.

    According to the New York State Department of Health, ammonia is one of the most widely produced chemicals in the U.S., and is detrimental to human health. It is most commonly used as a fertilizer, but is included in many industrial-strength cleaning solutions.

    Ammonia typically enters the body by way of inhalation, swallowing or coming into contact with skin. Once inside the body, it reacts with water to produce ammonium hydroxide, which is corrosive to the cells in the body.

    How a person is exposed to ammonia influences their symptoms. For instance, if ammonia is air born and inhaled at a high level, individuals will experience burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract, even resulting in blindness, lung damage or death. Breathing in lower concentrations of ammonia causes coughing, as well as nose and throat irritation. When ammonia comes into contact with skin it'll burn and cause irritation.

    While there is no antidote for ammonia poisoning, people who have come in contact with the chemical should go to the hospital immediately for symptom relief.