MCELHATTAN, Penn. (PIX11) – Parents, check your baby’s wipes.
A Pennsylvania company is recalling baby wipes sold nationwide – including at Walgreens, Sam’s Club and Family Dollar – because the wipes may contain a bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia, or B. cepacia.
The bacteria pose little threat to healthy people but those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, like cystic fibrosis, are more susceptible to infection from B. cepacia, which is often resistant to antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The wipes were made by Nutek Disposables, Inc. under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings, the company said. They were sold at Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com.
Complaints of odor and discoloration and a single report of irritation first alerted the company to a possible issue and microbial testing showed that B. cepacia was present in some of the wipes. That discovery prompted a limited recall of specific lots on Oct. 3. The recall was expanded over the weekend to include all lots of the affected baby wipes.
Since the initial recall alert, the company has received “numerous” complaints -- including rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues and respiratory issues -- though those problems have not been linked directly to the wipes.
Nutek has stopped shipping baby wipes manufactured at the Pennsylvania facility while an investigation is underway.
Questions can be directed to Nutek at 1-855-646-4351. Anyone who thinks they used the products and are considered about possible health problems should call their doctor immediately.