Baby Wipes Recall Due to Risk of Bacterial Contamination

Multiple brand name baby wipes sold throughout the United States are being recalled due to the potential risk that they may be contaminated with bacteria, posing an infection hazard to infants.  

A Nutek Disposables baby wipes recall was announced on October 25, after the manufacturer received reports suggesting that the products may cause irritation or other problems.

Microbial testing on random samples detected the presence of the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia on the baby wipes, which is a bacterium that commonly causes irritations and rashes.

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Following public notification about the recall, a number of reports involving problems with the baby wipes have been reported to Nutek.

The contaminated baby wipes pose a particular threat, since infants generally have a weakened immune systems. However, the products may also pose a risk for individuals with chronic lung disease due to the side effects Burkholderia cepacia infections cause which are rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues.

The bacterium does not necessarily cause a deadly infection, but can be difficult to treat because it is composed of at least 18 different species and can be resistant to many common antibiotics, making medical treatment a case-by-case determination.

The recalled baby wipes were manufactured by Nutek Disposables Inc., of McElhattan, Pennsylvania and were distributed for sale to Walgreen’s, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s and Diapers.com prior to October 21, 2014. The recall includes all lot numbers of baby wipes packages sold under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings.

In a statement released by Nutek Disposables on October 27, the company claims that they have not identified the origin of the contamination yet, but are continuing to investigate. The company also announced that it has stopped shipping baby wipes manufactured at the facility of origin.

The FDA and Nutek recommend that consumers with recalled baby wipes stop using them immediately and resort to an alternative brand. Customers may return their recalled baby wipes to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. For further questions please contact Nutek Disposables at 1-855-646-4351.

1 Comments

  • stephanieNovember 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I would recommend all parents using any of these brands that are being recalled, to make an appointment with a doctor. My daughter has had a bacterial rash for the past several weeks and now has been prescribed antibiotic ointments to help clear it out.

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