RECALL: Bacteria Found On Kotex Tampons

Thousands of tampons have been recalled.

Kimberly-Clark announced 1,400 cases of its Kotex Natural Balance Security unscented tampons are being recalled.

The tampons are regular aborbency and were distributed to specific stores in the United States. According to the company, the recall is limited to two product SKUs (carton codes), 15063 (18 count) and 15068 (36 count).

Kimberly-Clark reports 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.

The company states women with serious existing illnesses, cancer or immune-compromised conditions, such as HIV, are at increased risk. A news release also states there is limited evidence of transfer between individuals with this bacterium.

Kimberly-Clark states the tampons were shipped 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 company also advises that women should contact a physician immediately if they have used the tampon and experience unusual vaginal discharge, rash, fever, headache, vomiting or abdominal pains, particularly if they are HIV positive, have AIDS, cancer, an existing serious illness or may be pregnant.

If you have the product, you are asked to call Kimberly-Clark’s Consumer Services Division at 1-800-335-6839 so the necessary information and arrangements can be made to retrieve the unused product.

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