Recall Notice: Baby Wipes May Be Contaminated With Bacteria

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Before you clean your little one’s bum, you may want to check the label on those wipes. Nutek Disposables of Pennsylvania has voluntarily recalled its baby wipes, which are manufactured under 10 brand names, since the packaging may contain a type of bacteria that’s often antibiotic-resistant.

The company was prompted to investigate after receiving complaints that the wipes had a strange odor and showed signs of discoloration. Microbial testing revealed the presence of Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria that poses little risk to healthy people but may cause infection in those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases (like cystic fibrosis), according to the CDC

On Oct. 3, the company decided to recall the wipes that tested positive for bacteria, as well as other wipes manufactured during the same time frame; the recall has now been extended to all Nutek wipes. The company has received several complaints of rashes, irritation, infection, fever, gastrointestinal issues, and respiratory issues, although these reports haven’t been definitively linked to the use of the recalled wipes, according to a company statement.

The recall includes these brands: Cuties,, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. The baby wipes were distributed before Oct. 21, 2014, to Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s and, among other retailers. Nutek has halted distribution of all wipes manufactured at the facility. 

If you think the package in your diaper bag could be affected, here's what you need to know:

1. The bacteria in question is not usually a problem for healthy people, however, it can present a problem for those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis.

2. All lots of wipes under the following brand names are subject to the recall: Cuties,, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, and Tender Touch. Wipes marketed under the name Well Beginnings are also being recalled, but only those manufactured by Nutek (check your packaging for manufacturer name).

3. The recalled products were sold at Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and through October 21.

If you purchased a pack of recalled wipes, you may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. To contact Nutek, call 855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.

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