03 November 2014

Baby Wipes Recalled Because of Bacteria

Baby Wipes Recalled
To all mothers out there: you may want to check you baby wipes the next time you clean you child's backside because several brands of the product were just pulled off from shelves after the packaging were discovered to contain a type of bacteria that is often antibiotic-resistant.

Nutek Disposables of Pennsylvania has voluntarily recalled its baby wipes, which are manufactured under 10 brand names, since the discovery.

The company was prompted to investigate after receiving complaints that the wipes had a strange odor and showed signs of discoloration. Microbial testing revealed the presence of Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that poses little risk to healthy people but may cause infection in those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases (like cystic fibrosis), according to the CDC.

On 3 October 2014, the company decided to recall the wipes that tested positive for bacteria, as well as other wipes manufactured during the same time frame; the recall has now been extended to all Nutek wipes. The company has received several complaints of rashes, irritation, infection, fever, gastrointestinal issues, and respiratory issues, although these reports haven’t been definitively linked to the use of the recalled wipes, according to a company statement.

The recall includes these brands: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. The baby wipes were distributed before 21 October 2014, to Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s and Diapers.com, among other retailers. Nutek has halted distribution of all wipes manufactured at the facility.

If you purchased a pack of recalled wipes, you may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.