November 15, 2011
The Irving, Texas, based company, Kimberly-Clark, has recalled about 1,400 cases of Kotex tampons out of fear they may be contaminated with bacteria. According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement of the recall issued last Wednesday, the tampons were manufactured with a raw material that was contaminated with the bacterium, Enterobacter sakazakii.
The bacterium was discovered on the applicator of a tampon pulled for random testing and could put a woman at potential risk for vaginal and urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and other life-threatening infections. Women who have compromised immune systems, cancer, or HIV are at an increased risk of suffering complications from such an infection.
The FDA says that the 18-count and 36-count packages of the Kotex Natural Balance* Security ® Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency were shipped to retail distribution centers between October 29, 2011 and November 2, 2011 across Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas. Although Texas is on list, the company told NBC-DFW that none of the products were sold in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The FDA and Kimberly-Clark recommend that consumers stop using Kotex Natural Balance* Security ® Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency immediately. The company is asking consumers who have the tampons to call Kimberly-Clark’s Consumer Services Division at (800) 335-6839 to make arrangements to retrieve the products.