Massive Baby Wipes Recall: 4 Things Parents Need to Know

baby diaper wipesIf you've ever thought about making your own baby wipes, now may be the time to pull up that pin on Pinterest and get cracking. The US Food and Drug Administration has announced a massive baby wipes recall that affects products sold to parents in hundreds of stores around the country.

Nutek Disposables, the company behind the wipes -- marketed under a variety of store brand names -- has joined with the FDA in a voluntary recall after testing found the presence of a bacteria called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) in some wipes. If you think the package in your diaper bag could be affected, here's what you need to know:

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1. The bacteria in question is not usually a problem for healthy people, however, it can present a problem for those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis.

2. All lots of wipes under the following brand names are subject to the recall: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, and Tender Touch. Wipes marketed under the name Well Beginnings are also being recalled, but only those manufactured by Nutek (check your packaging for manufacturer name).

3. The recalled products were sold at Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com through October 21.

4. Parents are advised to stop using the wipes immediately and return to their store of purchase for a full refund or to call Nutek at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT.

What kind of wipes are you using on your baby?

 

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