According to a news release distributed this morning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some packages of baby wipes may be contaminated with bacteria which are sold at retailers Walgreen’s Family Dollar, Sam’s Club and internet retailer Diapers.com and have been recalled by Pennsylvania-based Nutek Disposables, Inc.
The baby wipes manufacturers- Nutek Disposables under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings have recalled baby wipes at the retail level. Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s and Diapers.com were distributors of these baby wipes by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014.
“After receiving a small number of complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of a bacteria, called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products,” according to a Nutek release distributed this morning by the FDA. “Soon after, on Oct. 3, 2014 the company initiated a voluntary withdrawal of lots that had tested positive for the bacteria, as well as other baby wipes in the surrounding time frame. After some additional lots were tested, as a precautionary measure, Nutek believed it was a prudent decision to withdraw all its baby wipe products.”
Contact with B. cepacia poses little medical risk to generally healthy people, the company officials claim. However, those who have been suffering from certain health problems such as weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia. Those who have a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease and who have used one of the affected baby wipes products must make it a point to call their doctor promptly for medical advice, the company officials added.
The company had received one report of irritation as of Oct. 3, but has received “numerous reports of complaints … that include rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues” since then, although these reports “have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products,” Nutek officials added
Full refund will be done to the consumers who have purchased this product after returning it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (855) 646-4351, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.