Nutek Disposables, Inc. Issues Alert Due to Potential Bacteria in Baby Wipes

Oct 25, 2014, 15:24 ET from Nutek Disposables, Inc.

MCELHATTAN, Pa., Oct. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nutek Disposables, Inc. of McElhattan, PA has initiated a nationwide voluntary product recall at the retail level of all lots of baby wipes that it manufactured under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings, because some packages may contain bacteria.  These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014 to the following retail stores:  Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com.

After receiving a small number of complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of a bacteria, called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products.  Soon after, on October 3, 2014 the company initiated a voluntary withdrawal of lots that had tested positive for the bacteria, as well as other baby wipes in the surrounding time frame.  After some additional lots were tested, as a precautionary measure, Nutek believed it was a prudent decision to withdraw all its baby wipe products. 

B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people.  However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia.  If you believe you have a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease and you have used one of the affected wipe products, you should call your doctor promptly for medical advice.

As of October 3, 2014, the date of the original withdrawal, the company had received only one report of irritation.  Numerous reports of complaints have since been received by the company that include rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues, though these reports have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products.

The company has not identified the cause of the problem, but is continuing to investigate.  In the interim, Nutek has stopped shipping baby wipes manufactured at the facility. 

Nutek takes the safety of consumers and the quality of its products very seriously and is taking all appropriate steps to address the issue and ensure this does not happen again.

The company is working with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the affected retailers and distributors throughout this process to address the issue.

Consumers who have purchased this product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-855-646-4351 or consumer@firstquality.com.  Our call center will be operating Monday through Friday, 7 AM – 7 PM CT, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM CT.

Brand Name

Retailer

Lot Numbers of Product
Manufactured by Nutek

Cuties

Internet and various retailers

All Lots

Diapers.com

Diapers.com

All Lots

Femtex

Family Dollar

All Lots

Fred's

Fred's

All Lots

Kidgets

Family Dollar

All Lots

Member's Mark

Sam's Club

All Lots

Simply Right

Sam's Club

All Lots

Sunny Smiles

Walgreens

All Lots

Tender Touch

Various retailers

All Lots

Well Beginnings*

Walgreens

Certain Lots±

*These lot numbers represent all lots manufactured by Nutek.  There may be other lots that are made by manufacturers other than Nutek and that are not subject to this recall.

Consumer Contact:

1-855-646-4351
consumer@firstquality.com

Nutek Media Contacts:

Sean Wood   
swood@webershandwick.com  
212-445-8310

or

Hallie Bozzi  
hbozzi@webershandwick.com  
212-445-8276

The following are images of some of the products that are subject to this recall. Additional images will be posted as available at: http://www.firstquality.com/x120.php

 

 

 

 

 

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± Footnoted from previous table


 

Brand Name

Retailer

Lot Numbers of Product

Manufactured by Nutek


 

 

Lot #s:

Lot #s:

Well Beginnings

Walgreens

00214

00314

00414

00514

00614

00714

00914

01014

01214

01314

01414

03114

03214

03414

05014

05114

05314

05514

05614

05714

06514

06614

07014

07114

07214

07314

07914

08014

08214

08314

08414

08614

09114

09214

09314

09514

09914

10014

10114

18714

18814

20614

20714

20814

20914

21014

21114

21214

21314

21414

21614

21714

21814

21914

22114

22214

22314

22414

10414

10514

10714

10814

11114

11214

11914

12014

12214

12314

12414

12714

12914

13014

13614

13814

13914

15014

15114

15214

15314

15414

15514

15914

16014

16314

16414

16514

16614

16714

16814

17714

17814

17914

18014

18114

18414

18514

18614

22514

22814

22914

23014

23114

23214

23314

23414

23514

23614

23714

23814

24514

25814

25914

26014

28014

 

SOURCE Nutek Disposables, Inc.