A consumer product in heavy demand during the pandemic is being recalled due to the possible presence of bacteria.
Kimberly-Clark is recalling specific lots of Cottonelle wet wipes sold nationwide because they could be contaminated with bacteria that can cause infections in people, according to the household goods maker.
Billed as having the “texture and the cleansing power of water to deliver long-lasting freshness,” the affected products include Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonell GentlePlus Flushable wipes manufactured between February 7, 2020, and September 14, 2020, and could contain the bacterium Pluralibacter gergoviae, the company announced Friday.
“At this time there is a low rate of non-serious complaints, such as irritation and minor infection, reported for the affected wipes,” Kimberly-Clark said.
Those with weakened immune systems or who have serious pre-existing conditions are at particular risk of infection, it added.
The wipes are sold broadly in the U.S. and Canada and the Caribbean. Consumers can check whether they’ve purchased the recalled product by looking for the specific lot numbers on the bottom of the package and checking them online here.
Or consumers can call the company at (800) 414-0165 or by using the ‘Contact Us’ button at the top of its web page Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT.
Consumers who purchased products with the affected sell-by dates are urged to throw them away. Meanwhile, Walmart is removing the products from its store shelves.
“Country Fresh takes food safety matters very seriously, stringently follows all mandated regulations and implements preventive measures designed to minimize potential risks,” the supplier said in a news release. “Country Fresh is working in close coordination with FDA in its continuing investigation to resolve the matter promptly and deeply regrets the inconvenience to our consumers and customers.”
What is listeria?
Listeriosis, the infection caused by the germ Listeria monocytogenes, primarily affects older adults, newborns, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. It can cause fever and diarrhea, and severe cases can cause infections of the bloodstream or brain. Infections may also affect other parts of the body including bones, joints, chest and abdomen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
No illnesses connected to the current fruit recalls have been reported.
Consumers with any questions are being asked to contact Country Fresh’s customer service line at 877-251-8399, 8 a.m to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.
Walmart shoppers should check the dates on their fruit. Country Fresh has expanded their voluntary recall on cut fruit sold at Walmart for possible listeria contamination.
As IBT reported last week, a recall was issued for watermelon sold in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas at Walmart and RaceTrac. Country Fresh has now extended their voluntary recall to include more fruits in nine states.
In addition to watermelon, the recall now includes clamshell containers of “Freshness Guaranteed” cut and/or sliced apples, grapes, mangos, pineapples and cantaloupe distributed by Walmart. Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are affected by the fruit recall.
“The recall is a precautionary measure due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes detected on equipment used in an area near where these products are packed. FDA discovered these findings during a recent inspection,” a press release reads.
The cut fruit being recalled has expiration dates between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11. To see the full list of products and UPC codes to look out for, check out the FDA website. Also, look at Walmart’s list of stores affected by the recall.
Walmart is removing any recalled products from shelves, and customers who already purchased them are advised to discard the possibly contaminated fruit.
Consumers with questions can contact Country Fresh customer service at 1-877-251-8300.
The produce section at Walmart is pictured.Photo: Courtesy of Walmart
A company voluntarily recalled hand sanitizers that resembled food and beverage pouches
The pouches also had children’s characters on them
Ingesting hand sanitizer is not safe, especially for children
The confusing packaging could lead to accidental hand sanitizer ingestion
A company has voluntarily recalled several of its hand sanitizer products with packages that look rather like food or drink pouches. Such products may lead to accidental ingestion, which is potentially harmful to health.
On Oct. 2, the FDA released a company announcement from Ashtel Studios voluntarily recalling several 25-milliliter containers of hand sanitizers that are packaged in what looks like food or beverage pouches and, even have children’s characters displayed on them.
The recall affects the following products, all of which are packaged in 25 ml pouches:
PAW Patrol Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-042-01 )
JoJo Siwa Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-044-01 )
Hot Wheels Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-045-01 )
Barbie Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-046-01 )
Trolls Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-047-01 )
Minions Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-043-01 )
Photos of the affected products, which were distributed in various retailers in the U.S. and Canada, are available at the FDA website. The company has since notified the retailers about the recall and is advising anyone who may have purchased the said products to immediately destroy them.
The danger in these products lies in the possibility that people may accidentally ingest the hand sanitizers since they are packed like food or beverages. This is particularly problematic in children, who may easily mistake the packaging for food and experience adverse effects even after ingesting just a small amount of hand sanitizer.
“Symptoms of alcohol toxicity may range from lack of coordination, slowed or slurred speech, drowsiness to coma, which can be fatal,” the FDA recall notes.
Back in August, the FDA warned the public against buying such products, including those that have food flavors, because they may lead to serious injury if accidentally ingested. At the time, there were already reports of a hand sanitizer being mistaken for a drinking water bottle and others that were packed rather like children’s snacks.
“These products could confuse consumers into accidentally ingesting a potentially deadly product,” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. said in the August news release. “It’s dangerous to add scents with food flavors to hand sanitizers which children could think smells like food, eat and get alcohol poisoning.”
The company has not received any reports of adverse effects related to the products but anyone who experiences any problems with them may report to the FDA online or via mail or fax. Those with questions about the recall may contact Ashtel Studios at 866-Ashtel-1 or 909-434-0911 (international).
Representational photo of hand sanitizer. Photo: Harvey Boyd – Pixabay