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Recall at dm! Popular Balea product contaminated with germs

Again and again cosmetics must be taken because of contained germs or foreign materials from the trade. Currently, a popular product of dm’s own brand Balea is affected. Competitor Rossmann also had to react.

In the focus of the Rückruf of drugstore giant dm: The "Balea water spray AQUA" in the sizes 150 ml and 75 ml, regardless of batch number or best-before date. According to the company, it cannot be ruled out that the products are microbiologically contaminated and contain the bacteria Burkholderia cenocepacia and Ralstonia pickettii, writes the website This had been determined in the context of self-controls.

Rückruf at Dm
Loaded with germs! For two Balea products Dm has started a RückrrufPhoto: PR/Balea

Rückruf affects not only DM

However, there is apparently no reason to panic: In general, the risk of health effects is low, but there is a risk of infection in people with a weakened immune system. According to "", competitor Rossmann also recalled its comparable Isana product at virtually the same time: special batch numbers of the"Isana Water Spray Aqua" in size 150 showed exactly the same defects as the recalled Balea products.

The problem with the water sprays

This is not the first time that the Dm water spray has caused a stir: in the summer of 2019, the product earned a veritable shitstorm on social media, and not because of its ingredients, but rather for sustainability reasons. The central question: Do we really need water bottled in aluminum spray cans? Doesn’t this just produce a lot of waste unnecessarily? The environmentally friendly alternative is at least quite simple: Fill water into a reusable spray bottle and use it to freshen up your face every now and then.


  • Product – Balea
  • – Rossmann