Company Issues Nationwide Recall for Baby Wipes Contaminated with Bacteria

Company Issues Nationwide Recall for Baby Wipes Contaminated with Bacteria
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October 27, 2014

After multiple reports of odor and discoloration, Nutek Disposables issued a nationwide recall of its baby wipes.

The wipes, sold at Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's and, tested positive for a bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia(B. cepacia).

B. Cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people, but people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections.

The wipes were manufactured under the brand names Cuties,, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. A full list of affected lot numbers can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

This is the second recall issued by the company this month. The company first issued a recall on Oct. 3 for lots that had tested positive for the bacteria, as well as other baby wipes in the surrounding time frame.

Since then, numerous reports of complaints have since been received by the company that include rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues, though these reports have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products.

Consumers who have purchased this product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Those with health concerns should contact their medical provider. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.