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Nov 142011
 

From Green Right Now Reports

Kimberly-Clark has recalled a selected number of its Kotex Natural balance Security Unscented Tampons in regular absorbency.

Kimberly Clark is recalled a limited number of these tampons, which are contaminated with a dangerous bacterium.

The recall pertains to two lots of tampons, those with carton code SKU numbers 15063 or 15068.

These tampons “were manufactured with a raw material contaminated with a bacterium, Enterobacter sakazakii, which may cause health risks, including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), pelvic inflammatory disease or infections that can be life-threatening,” according to the Food and Drug Administration recall notice.

“Women with serious existing illnesses, cancer or immune-compromised conditions, such as HIV, are at increased risk.  There is limited evidence of transfer between individuals with this bacterium,” the notice says.

These tampons were shipped to retailers between October 29, 2011 and November 2, 2011; to specific Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas; specific Fry’s stores in Arizona; and specific Smith’s stores in Utah and Arizona. The products affected include both 18-count and 36-count packages.

Women who may have purchased the contaminated tampons — Kotex Natural Balance* Security® Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency — should stop using them immediately and should call Kimberly-Clark’s Consumer Services Division at 1-800-335-6839. The company will make arrangements can be made to retrieve the unused product.

Get more information at the Kimberly-Clark website at and the Kotex brand website. The company reports that there have been no instances of illness caused by the contaminated tampons.

See the full FDA recall report.