November 4, 2014

Baby Wipe Industrial Complex Issues Big Bacterial Recall

It's been a week. Has this been solved? Are all the bacteria-laden store label wipes cleared from the shelves and diaper bags of America?

Last week Nutek Disposables, a private label wipe manufacturer for stores from Walgreens and Sam's Club to Diapers.com, recalled basically all the wipes it's made because discolored, smelly, and generally nasty-sounding packages were reported that contained Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), which might pose a pneumonia or infection risk to certain folks.

This awesome sentence comes from the FDA's recall announcement:

After some additional lots were tested, as a precautionary measure, Nutek believed it was a prudent decision to withdraw all its baby wipe products.
Collect'em all!

Details of the affected retailers and at-risk populations are at FDA.gov.

For future reference, the Burkholderia cepacia complex of pathogens includes 18 different species of bacteria and is linked to both onion skin rot and lung failure in cystic fibrosis. It's named after Walter Burkholder, the Cornell phytopathologist who identified the bacteria in 1949.

Nutek Disposables, Inc. Issues Alert Due to Potential Bacteria in Baby Wipes [fda.gov via dt guru dt]

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