Nutek Disposables Baby Wipe Recall [Canada]

Canada CFIA RecallCanada/Ottawa: Nutek Disposables Baby Wipe Recall [Canada]Nutek Disposables recalls Personnelle and Cuties Baby Wipes due to possible bacterial contamination, a serious health hazard. HCSC:

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Health Canada/Santé Canada (“HCSC”) reports this recall involves all Personnelle Baby Wipes and Cuties Baby Wipes with lot date numbers prior to and including lot number 29414.

According to Health Canada, after receiving a small number of complaints of odour and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of a bacteria, called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products. 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 the United States. To see all recalls related to this issue, please search for “Nutek” in the Search Box at the top of this page.


Additional information about this recall:
HCSC ID number: RA-42181
Recalls Direct RIN: 4471-2014
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