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Contaminated Baby Wipes May Cause Pneumonia; Nationwide Recall


Nutek Disposables, Inc., issued a nationwide recall to the retail level of all lots of baby wipes that it manufactured because some packages may contain bacteria. The company has received reports of rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues. The baby wipes are sold under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014, to the following retail stores: Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com.

 

Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to lung infections particularly pneumonia with B. cepacia.

 

After receiving a small number of complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of a bacterium, called B. cepacia, in some of these products. Subsequently, the company initiated a voluntary withdrawal of lots that had tested positive for the bacteria, as well as other baby wipes manufactured 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 baby wipe 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.

 

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