Dimmitt, Texas-based McDaniel Life-Line has gone out of business after two back-to-back product recalls because they were contaminated with dangerous bacteria or contained ingredients that can burn the skin and cause permanent disfiguration.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, McDaniel Life-Line is no longer in business,” a notice on the company’s website reads.

The company sold Life-Line Catalytic Activated Energy Water, Indian Herb and dietary supplements to consumers in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Poland through its website. In February, the company issued a recall of all lots of Indian Herb because “it was manufactured under poor conditions,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a Safety Alert.

The FDA cautioned consumers that it “has concerns this product’s ingredients may burn through the skin, causing serious patient injury.” Those injuries include “disfiguring chemical amputation, which could require plastic surgery,” the agency added.

The Indian Herb, which the FDA classified as an unapproved drug based on the company’s claims and its ingredients, was promoted to help treat blood disorders or abnormal growths. The FDA said it had received one report of an injury related to the herb.

On March 5, McDaniel Life-Line issued a recall of its Life-Line Water after an FDA analysis found it to be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that can cause potentially life-threatening blood infections in people with compromised immune systems. The water was sold in one-gallon bottles for drinking or applying to the skin, and promoted to help balance the body’s metabolism. The FDA urged consumers not to use the water due to health concerns.

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