Nutek Disposables Baby Wipe Recall [US]


US FlagUS/Silver Spring: Nutek Disposables recalls various branded Baby Wipes due to possible bacterial contamination, a serious health hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/DmmhH

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm420426.htm

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Baby Wipes are subject to this recall:

  • Cuties brand wipes sold over the Web by various Internet retailers; lots recalled: all lots
  • Diapers.com brand wipes sold by Diapers.com; lots recalled: all lots
  • Femtex brand wipes sold by Family Dollar; lots recalled: all lots
  • Fred’s brand wipes sold by Fred’s; lots recalled: all lots
  • Kidgets brand wipes sold by Family Dollar; lots recalled: all lots
  • Member’s Mark brand wipes sold by Sam’s Club; lots recalled: all lots
  • Simply Right brand wipes sold by Sam’s Club; lots recalled: all lots
  • Sunny Smiles brand wipes sold by Walgreens; lots recalled: all lots
  • Tender Touch; Various retailers; lots recalled: all lots
  • Well Beginnings brand wipes sold by Walgreens; lots produced by Nutek

According to the FDA, 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. Soon after, on October 3, 2014 the company initiated a 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, Nutek withdrew all its Baby Wipe products.

The organism B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems such as 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.

As of October 3, 2014, the date of the original withdrawal, the company had received only one report of irritation. Numerous reports of complaints have since been received by the company that include rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastrointestinal issues, and respiratory issues, though these reports have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products.

The company has not identified the cause of the problem, but is continuing to investigate. In the interim, Nutek has stopped shipping baby wipes manufactured at the facility.

Please note: similar products have also been recalled in at least one other jurisdiction, specifically Canada. To see all recalls related to this issue, please search for “Nutek” in the Search Box at the top of this page.

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