Kimberly-Clark had announced that it is recalling certain Cottonelle Flushable wipes for possibly being contaminated by bacteria.
American company Kimberly-Clark Corporation has recalled some of its Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and GentlePlus Flushable Wipes. The reason: potential contamination of bacteria that can cause infection.
Recall of the Wipes
Kimberly-Clark had announced that it voluntarily recalls some of its Cottonelle products, namely, Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle GentlePlus Flushable Wipes. Particularly, those certain affected products are “sold broadly within the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.”
Meanwhile, the company cleared the remaining Cottonelle products. The possibility of contamination has caused the company to recall those certain wipes products. Also, people can request reimbursement for verified purchases, which should arrive in several weeks.
Moreover, the company clarified that it will only recall certain products of those brands—particularly those manufactured between February 7, 2020, and September 14, 2020. To identify if you have to discard your purchase, the company included a number checker here on their website.
Contamination of Bacteria
The company said that the products might have a certain kind of bacteria. The contamination may include “Pluralibacter gergoviae,” a naturally occurring bacterium. Although it does not much affect healthier people, it could be riskier for immunocompromised individuals. Those with weakened immune systems could include people with serious pre-existing conditions, those being treated surgically, or those who belong to another sensitive group of persons.
Only a Few Affected
Currently, Kimberly-Clark has received only a low volume of complaints pertaining to the contaminated wipes. But it did have reports of minor infections and irritations, CNN Health reports. But the company warned that consumers with a health-related issue should immediately seek medical attention.
Furthermore, Kimberly-Clark clarified that the recall has nothing to do with the COVID-19. “There is no evidence to support that transmission of COVID-19 associated with any of our products,” the company noted.