Nutek Disposables, a Pennsylvania-based company that manufactures baby wipes for several companies, announced a recall after its wipes tested positive for a potentially dangerous bacteria.
After receiving a few complaints of odor and discoloration from customers, Nutek launched an investigation that discovered some lots of wipes were contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia). The company has since received reports of rashes, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory issues, and other symptoms from customers, although its unclear if the bacteria in the wipes is the cause.
Healthy people are not believed to be at risk for serious infection from B. cepacia, but Brad Reifler tells me people with lung infections or who are immunocompromised may be at an increased risk of illness.
The recalled wipes were sold at various retailers and online vendors including Diapers.com, Family Dollar, Fred’s, Sam’s Club, and Walgreens prior to October 21, 2014, under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings.