Baby Wipes Recall: October 2014

Here's what you need to know about a nationwide recall for major store brands of wipes that were distributed before October 2014.

Huge Baby Wipes Recall Issued Shutterstock: Vanessa Nel

In October 2014, Nutek Disposables, Inc. released a nationwide voluntary product recall of baby wipes due to possible bacterial contamination. The recall only affects wipes distributed prior to October 21, 2014. The brands affected include Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Members Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings. The wipes were sold at retailers including Diapers.com, Family Dollar, Fred's and Sam's Club.

The company discovered that some of the products contain the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) after a few reports of odor and discoloration. The bug has been antibiotic resistant in certain healthcare settings, according to the CDC. The company says that while the bacteria is generally not a threat to healthy people, those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung conditions like cystic fibrosis may be more susceptible to infection. If you or your child has a weakened immune system and you purchased the wipes, you should talk to your doctor.

As of October 3, 2014, only one irritation incident has been reported, but numerous complaints have been received by Nutex ranging from rash, infections, fever and respiratory issues. These reports have not been confirmed to be related to the wipes.

If you purchased any of the wipes affected, stop using them immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have questions or want more information, contact the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can read a full press release here.

UPDATE: On March 1, 2017, Nutek Disposables, Inc., released a statement reassuring consumers that "baby wipes purchased within the past two years are not subject to a recall and are safe for their intended use. They continue to meet the high-quality standards on which our customers and consumers rely.”

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