10282014The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released notice of a voluntary recall and consumer notice nationwide for 10 brands of baby wipes manufactured by Nutek Disposables, Inc.

The recall was initiated after Nutek received complaints of discoloration and unusual odor coming from certain lots of wipes. Microbial testing conducted by Nutek revealed Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) – a bacterial contamination in the abnormal wipes. After testing additional lots, Nutek made the announcement that they would voluntarily recall all of its baby wipe products.

The 10 brands of baby wipes affected by the recall are as follows:

  • Cuties.
  • Diapers.com.
  • Femtex.
  • Fred’s.
  • Kidgets.
  • Member’s Mark.
  • Simply Right.
  • Sunny Smiles.
  • Tender Touch.
  • Well Beginnings.

The wipes were sold at the following retailers before October 21, 2014:

  • Walgreens.
  • Sam’s Club.
  • Family Dollar.
  • Fred’s.
  • Diapers.com.

B. cepacia poses little risk to healthy people, but can infect people with weakened immune systems. Nutek received a complaint of irritation from the original investigation and recall and has since received several other complaints of rash, gastro-intestinal issues, fever, respiratory issues, and infections. Though, these latter reports have not been confirmed to be connected to the use of Nutek baby wipes.

Consumers who purchased any of the potentially contaminated brands of Nutek wipes can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Nutek is also taking consumer questions by phone at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT.

Did You Know?: Despite newborn babies immature immune systems, they most likely can fight of illnesses and diseases – thanks to the mother’s antibodies that the baby inherited in the womb.

However, it’s advised to take extra precaution around babies so they don’t get sick, such as:

  • Washing your hands before holding a baby.
  • Keep baby away from ill people.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Disinfect play area, toys, etc.
  • Always do your research before purchasing a baby product.
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