The Honest Company has voluntarily recalled a number of its baby wipes due to possible mold contamination.
In a video message posted to the company's website, Co-Founder and Chief Purpose Officer Christopher Gavigan explained that "certain lots of our wipes were not meeting our high standards."
"A recent quality audit concluded [that] there is the potential for the presence of mold in certain lots of our wipes, resulting in staining," he said. "The aesthetics are unacceptable, and we believe any affected products are not likely to cause adverse health consequences."
"The mold that has been identified can be found on citrus plants, like a common orange," he noted. "Because these wipes do not meet our quality standards, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to voluntarily recall certain lots of this product."
The recall affects the following products:
- 10 count packages, UPC 0817810011276, 0816645024079, 0817810011276
- 72 count packages, UPC 0817810011863, 7000000011863, 0816645023584, 0816645023591
- 288 count packages, UPC 0817810014680
- 576 count packages, UPC 0817810028540
The wipes in question are also included in Honest Diaper Cakes, Baby Basics Gift Set and Baby Arrival Gift Set.
Consumers can check to see if they have an affected product by going to the Honest Company website and typing in the lot number, which is printed on the back of the package.
Gavigan said the company has implemented new quality control procedures to prevent similar incidents happening in the future.
"With safeguards and control processes in place, we have started new manufacturing to resume offering quality wipes to you as quickly as possible," he explained. "We are confident in these new protocols, but will remain vigilant to ensure our quality control measures are of the highest caliber, without compromise."
Actress Jessica Alba is one of The Honest Company's co-founders. In 2014 she spoke to Inc. about why she chose to launch the household and baby products brand.
"I founded The Honest Company on this idea: Everything that touches you and your family -- everything in your home -- needs to be nontoxic, needs to be effective and beautiful to look at, and needs to be affordable," Alba said.
"I really wanted it to have an e-commerce model," she added. "What are the things that all parents need? Diapers and wipes, for sure. And then a mix of cleaning and personal care products. Wouldn't it be great if you could pick five things and get them delivered through a monthly subscription?"
She explained that her associates in Hollywood were unable to "wrap their heads around the idea," which only made her more determined.
"Entertainment is a totally different business," she said. "It's like, how do you squeeze the most out of a person for five seconds, and then you move on to the next one. It's hard for people to take anyone seriously who's never done this before. They see you only as something else. But all that just gave me fire to move forward."