There has been an urgent baby wipes recall of those that were manufactured by Pennsylvania-based Nutek Disposables. These baby wipes are sold under several brand names such as Diapers.com, Cuties, Fred’s, Femtex, Member’s Mark, Kidgets, Sunny Smiles, Simply Right, Well Beginnings, and Simple Touch.
According to CNN, Nutek began receiving complaints about a peculiar odor and discoloration of their wipes. As a precaution, they ordered a clinical test of their product. Upon testing completion, it was found that their baby wipes tested positive for a bacterial contamination. The bacteria they found is called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). Soon after Nutek discovered the bacteria, they immediately initiate a voluntary product recall for the health and safety of their consumers.
The baby wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014. Several companies who received these products were Family Dollar, Walgreens, Diaper’s.com, Sam’s Club, and Fred’s. The withdrawal of the product from store shelves has been in effect since October 3, 2014.
B. Cepacia poses little risk to people who are in good health. However, anyone who has chronic lung disease or a weakened immune system may be very susceptible to infections from this bacteria. If you have any one of the conditions mentioned and recently used their wipes, please contact your physician as soon as possible. Skin irritation, rash, fever, respiratory issues, and gastro-intestinal issues have been reported ever since October 3rd. Although, it should be noted that these reports have not been confirmed to be in direct correlation with the recalled product.
Should any consumers be in possession of these baby wipes that were purchased prior to October 21st, please return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Nutek at (855) 646-435. Their office is open Monday to Friday 10AM to 4PM Eastern Time.
Photo Credit: istockphoto.com