Recall Alert: Baby wipes recalled due to bacteria

Oct. 29, 2014—Parents, check the label on any baby wipes you have in the house: A variety of brands have been recalled due to the presence of potentially infectious bacteria .

Nutek Disposables is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a voluntary recall of all lots of the affected baby wipes shipped to stores before Oct. 21.

The wipes were sold under the following brand names:

  • Cuties
  • Diapers.com
  • Femtex
  • Fred’s
  • Kidgets
  • Member’s Mark
  • Simply Right
  • Sunny Smiles
  • Tender Touch
  • Well Beginnings (Recall applies only to lots made by Nutek, not by other manufacturers. You can see a list of those lot numbers here.)

Stores that sold the wipes include Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s and Diapers.com.

Why the wipes are being recalled

Some of the packages may be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia.

The bacteria aren’t likely to harm healthy people, according to FDA.

However, people with weakened immune systems or who have cystic fibrosis or other chronic lung diseases could become more vulnerable to infections if they come into contact with B. cepacia.

If you have any of those conditions and handled a product listed above, FDA recommends that you call your doctor as soon as possible.

The contamination was discovered after Nutek received complaints that some baby wipes were discolored and had an odd smell. One person reported the wipes had caused irritation.

The wipes tested positive for the bacteria, and Nutek recalled those lots earlier this month. The recall was expanded after more products tested positive for B. cepacia.

What you should do

If you have baby wipes affected by this recall, take them back to the store where you bought them. You’ll be given a full refund.

Anyone with questions about the recall can call Nutek at 855.646.4351 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

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