A nationwide recall has been issued for several brands of baby wipes sold at Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s, and Diapers.com, after the FDA announced the wipes may contain bacteria.
The Pennsylvania-based company Nutek Disposables Inc. distributes baby wipes under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings.
After receiving complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted testing that revealed the presence of bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of the products.
“B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people,” the FDA said. “However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia.”
Since October 3, 2014, the date of the original withdrawal, numerous complaints have been received by the company including rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues. Although, it has not yet been determined whether or not these symptoms are related to these specific products.
An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the problem. In the meantime, Nutek has stopped shipping the baby wipes manufactured at their facility.
What to do if you have purchased these products:
Buyers who have purchased these baby wipes can return the product to the place they purchased it for a full refund. Consumers with questions are asked to call the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.