Several brands of baby wipes made by Nutek Disposables are being recalled due to bacterial infections. The recalled brands include: Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. The team of product recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm warn parents to check the labels of their baby wipes immediately.
The recall was announced on October 3, 2014 by Nutek. These baby wipes were sold at popular retail stores such as Diapers.com, Family Dollar, Fred’s, Sam’s Club, and Walgreens. The recall was prompted by consumer complaints of odor and discoloration when using the wipes, which is now attributed to the presence of bacteria; specifically, the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (also known as B. cepacia).
B.cepacia is a group of bacteria strains that is commonly found in the environment, in wet soil and decaying plants. Once B.cepacia enters the body, it poses little risk to healthy adults, however, those with certain medical conditions or who have weakened immune systems (like infants) are more susceptible to infections.
In children, the symptoms most associated with B. cepacia infection include:
- Gastro-intestinal issues
- Respiratory issues (cough, shortness of breath, wheezing)
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This bacterium is a significant threat to those with cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung diseases. This is because B.cepacia colonizes in the lungs, which can either cause no symptoms or cause damaging infections and inflammation that can, in the most severe cases, deteriorate lung function. In these extreme cases, a condition called cepacia syndrome may develop, which does not always respond to treatment and can lead to death within a few weeks.
The only way to diagnose a B.cepacia infection is to examine the sputum, or mucus in the lower airways. Sputum cultures are routine laboratory tests; if a patient test positive, they will have to avoid close contact with susceptible people.
Customers who bought any of the above-mentioned Nutek baby wipes can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with questions about the recall can call Nutek at 1-855-646-4351. Consumers and healthcare professions are urged to report any adverse events and side effects to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information Program, which can be found here.
Additionally, a copy of Nutek’s recall press release can be found here. If your child or someone close to you experienced a serious side effect from these contaminated baby wipes, contact our firm now. We have been working on behalf of victims harmed by recalled and defective products for over 30 years. We always provide free, confidential legal consultations to potential clients in all 50 states.