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Kimberly-Clark recalls Kotex tampons from some stores
November 9th, 2011
DALLAS – Kimberly-Clark has initiated a product recall of a limited number of its Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency that were distributed to specific stores in the United States.
The company said late Wednesday that the impacted product includes 18-count and 36-count packages of the Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency shipped to retail customers between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2, 2011, in certain Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas; certain Fry's stores in Arizona; and certain Smith's stores in Utah and Arizona.
All impacted stores have been alerted to remove the recalled product SKUs from shelves, according to Kimberly-Clark, which added that a list of stores impacted and the latest information on the recall can be found at at www.kimberly-clark.com and www.kotex.com.
The recall is limited to two product SKUs, carton codes 15063 (18-count) and 15068 (36-count). The company said 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. Women with serious existing illnesses, cancer or immune-compromised conditions, such as HIV, are at increased risk.
Kimberly-Clark noted that no reports of any adverse reactions from consumers using the recalled products have been received thus far. However, the company urged consumers to contact a physician immediately if they have used the impacted Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency and experience unusual vaginal discharge, rash, fever, headache, vomiting or abdominal pains, particularly if they are HIV positive; have AIDS, cancer or an existing serious illness; or may be pregnant.