Nationwide Baby Wipes Recall Over Possible Bacteria

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A Pennsylvania company has started a voluntary, nationwide recall of 10 different brands of its baby wipes after finding bacteria in some lots of the products and numerous customer complaints.

Nutek Disposables Inc. of McElhattan is recalling the following brands of baby wipes: Cuties,, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. The wipes were sold at online retailers such as and and to Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, and Fred’s stores.


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 company began recalling some of its baby wipes on Oct. 3, but has since expanded the recall after more customers have complained of rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastrointestinal issues and respiratory issues. None of these reports have been confirmed to be related to the use of the baby wipes, according to the company.

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

If you’ve bought the recalled baby wipes, you can return them for a full refund. If you have questions about the recall, you can call Nutek at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.

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