The Food & Drug Administration said today that a baby-wipes manufacturer has initiated a recall of its wipes because of a bacterial contamination.
The wipes were sold under the names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. They were sold at Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com.
"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," the FDA said in a release. "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 FDA said there have been "numerous" complaints related to the wipes, including "rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastro-intestinal issues, and respiratory issues, though these reports have not been confirmed to be related to the use of these products."
Consumers can return the wipes to the place of purchase for a refund, the FDA said. For more information, visit the FDA webiste.