At least ten brands of baby wipes manufactured by Pennsylvania-based Nutek Disposables, Inc. have been recalled by the company because testing of the product revealed that some of the wipes may be contaminated with bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia).
The microbial testing was triggered by what the company refers to as “a small number of complaints” from parents about a terrible odor and discoloration of the wipes. The testing occurred in late September and on October 3 they began to take the product off the shelves, if they were manufactured during a specific timeframe. After that date, however, Nutek received a number of additional complaints about irritations and rashes, as well as fevers, infections, gastrointestinal problems, and respiratory issues. The company notes, however, that these problems have not been officially linked to these baby wipes, but they later added additional lots to the initial withdrawal, as a precaution, and on October 21 they decided to be completely safe and issued a complete recall of every product distributed before that date.
The brands of baby wipes affected include Femtex, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Well Beginnings, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, Cuties and Diapers.com. They were sold nationwide in a number of stores, including Family Dollar, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Fred’s and at Diapers.com.
B. cepacia is usually not unhealthy for healthy people, but which could be quite dangerous for small children, or those with weakened immune systems, especially those with chronic lung diseases, especially cystic fibrosis. This type of bacteria is found in soil and water, and can survive for a long time.
Nutek continues to investigate the source of the problem, but they have not yet determined the source. They are working closely with Food & Drug Administration (FDA) investigators, and they are not currently shipping baby wipes manufactured at their plant.
Any consumer who has these baby wipes should return them to the store for a full refund. Any parents who used these wipes have concerns for their baby’s health should contact their pediatrician. If your child has been sickened, and you used these baby wipes, please contact the Texas Defective Baby Product Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm immediately, so that we can investigate the circumstances and protect your rights.