Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark has issued a recall warning for specific lots of Kotex tampons contaminated with a bacterium that could cause vaginal infections and other health risks.
The recall is limited to two specific lots of Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency manufactured by Kimberly-Clark.
The company says both the 18-count and the 36-count packages contain tampons that were made with raw materials contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii, a bug that may cause vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory diseases or other health issues.
Although there have been no reports of illness caused by the tainted tampons, Kimberly-Clark says the Enterobacter bacterium could be especially life threatening to women with preexisting illnesses or compromised immune systems-from HIV, for example.
The recall affects only the 18-count packages (SKU 15063) and the 36-count packages (SKU 15068) of tampons, distributed to specific stores between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2.
Kimberly-Clark says it has already contacted the specific retailers that distributed the products — Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas; Fry's stores in Arizona; and Smith's stores in Utah and Arizona — to remove the tainted tampons from their shelves.
Still, the FDA advises consumers to be cautious and check if they recently bought the Kotex tampons. The affected tampons' SKU are the last five digits on the packages' bar codes. The recalled tampons can be further identified by specific lot numbers, printed in a red box on the bottom of the package.