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Company issues alert due to potential bacteria in baby wipes

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A nationwide voluntary product recall has been made for baby wipes because some packages may contain bacteria.

The baby wipes were manufactured 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 before Oct. 21 to the following retail stores: Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's and Diapers.com.

Nutek Disposables, Inc. of McElhattan, Penn. initiated the recall.

After receiving a small number of complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of bacteria, called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products.

Soon after, on Oct. 3, the company initiated a voluntary 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 tests, as a precautionary measure, Nutek believed it was a prudent decision to withdrawal all of its baby wipe products.

B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases and you have used of the affected wipe products, you should call your doctor promptly for medical advice.

As of Oct. 3, the date of the original withdrawal, the company had received only one report of irritation.

They say numerous reports of complaints have since been received by the company that include rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues and respiratory issues, though these reports have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products.

The company said they have 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.

They are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the affected retailers and distributors throughout this process to address the issue.

Consumers who have bought this product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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