Before you change your baby's next diaper, take a closer look at the packaging on your baby wipes. Nutek Disposables of Pennsylvania recently announced that it is conducting a huge voluntary recall of its baby wipes — which are manufactured under 10 brand names — because the packaging may contain bacteria.
Nutek began looking into the bacteria issue after receiving complaints from consumers about wipes that smelled "off" or were a strange color. Microbial testing revealed the presence of Burkholderia cepacia, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that poses little risk to healthy people, but may cause health problems for users with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases (like cystic fibrosis). Nutek initially wanted to recall only those wipes that tested positive for the bacteria, but later decided to expand the recall to include all Nutek wipes manufactured within a certain time frame.
The company has recently received a number of complaints of rashes, skin irritation, infections, tummy troubles and respiratory issues, although it's not clear if these reports can be directly linked to the use of the recalled wipes, according to a company statement.
Want to know if your baby wipes made the list? Here are the affected brands:
- Member’s Mark
- Simply Right
- Sunny Smiles
- Tender Touch
- Well Beginnings
The recalled wipes were distributed before Oct. 21, 2014, to Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s, Diapers.com, and other retailers.
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