10 Brands of Baby Wipes Recalled for Bacterial Contamination

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Baby wipes being sold under 10 different brand names have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Nutek Disposables, according to a Food and Drug Administration press release. The concern is the possible presence of bacteria that could pose problems for people with weakened immune systems or chronic lung disease.

Nutek has supposedly received "numerous reports" of complaints, including rashes, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues. However, there is no confirmation that the problems were caused by use of the wipes.

The affected brand names are Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. Nutek shipped the wipes before Oct. 21, 2014 to Diapers.com, Family Dollar (FDO), Fred's, Sam's Club (WMT), Walgreens (WAG), and various Internet sites and other retailers.

Nutek had initially received a "small number" of complaints about discoloration and odor in wipes. Tests showed the presence of bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of the packages. The FDA explains:

B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia. If you believe you have a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease and you have used one of the affected wipe products, you should call your doctor promptly for medical advice.

On Oct. 3, 2014, the company initiated a voluntary product withdrawal. Then wider reports of problems came in, although there is no confirmation that those issues were due to exposure to contaminated wipes.

Nutek has not yet identified the cause of the contamination, and has stopped manufacturing and shipping wipes from the facility involved for the time being.

Consumers who purchased products from the affected batches can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have questions, you can contact the company at 855-646-4351, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.
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