Major Brands of Baby Wipes Recalled Due to Pneumonia-Causing Bacteria Contamination.


On October 25th, 2014, Pennsylvania-based Nutek Disposables, Inc. recalled 10 different brand of baby wipes.  




The recall was prompted when Nutek received complaints that some of their wipes were found to be discolored and were emitting foul vinegar-like odors. After conducting an investigation the (un)sanitary wipe manufacturer found that presence of Burkholderia cepacia, a species of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is frequently found in soil and water.  




The pathogen is especially dangerous in people with weakened immune systems or pre-existing respiratory issues. 

Pulmonary infections involving these bacteria are capable of causing accelerated decline in lung functions and can induce "cepacia syndrome," a progressive form of pneumonia that can be fatal and untreatable, according to MicrobeWiki.

According to the company's press release:

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.

The following brands are included in the nationwide recall:

  • Cuties
  • Diapers.com
  • Femtex
  • Fred's
  • Kidgets
  • Member's Mark
  • Simply Right
  • Sunny Smiles
  • Tender Touch
  • Well Beginnings





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