Kotex Recalls Tampons Over Bacterial Contamination

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Kimberly-Clark has issued a recall on about 1,400 cases of Kotex tampons based on concerns that they could be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause dangerous infections. 

The tampons affected by the recall are Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency with SKU numbers 15063 and 15068. They were sold at Walmart, Fry’s and Smith’s stores in Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

For a list of specific lots recalled, click here.

According to a notice from the FDA, the tampons were manufactured with a raw material contaminated with a bacterium, Enterobacter sakazakii, which may cause health risks, including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease or infections that can be life-threatening. Women with existing health problems, including cancer, HIV or compromised immune systems, are at higher risk for infection.

Consumers who have the products should stop using them and contact Kimberly-Clark’s consumer office at 1-800-335-6839. While there have not yet been any reports of illness or adverse reactions, anyone who has been using the products and experiences unusual vaginal discharge, headache, rash, fever, vomiting or abdominal pains, should contact a doctor.

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