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UNITED STATES: Bacterium-Infected Kotex Tampons Being Recalled


Houston Chronicle (11.14.11) - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The maker of Kotex Natural Balance Security tampons, Kimberly- Clark, is recalling two lots of unscented, regular absorbency tampons that "were manufactured with a raw material contaminated with a bacterium, Enterobacter sakazakii, which may cause health risks, including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), 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 said.

The recall affects only tampons with carton codes 15063 and 15068. "The impacted product includes both 18-count and 36- count packages of the Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency that were shipped to retail customers between Oct. 29, 2011, and Nov. 2, 2011, in specific Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas; specific Fry's stores in Arizona; and specific Smith's stores in Utah and Arizona," said the company's release.

Customers should call a doctor immediately if they have used the tampons and experience "unusual vaginal discharge, rash, fever, headache, vomiting, or abdominal pains, particularly if they are HIV-positive, have AIDS, cancer, an existing serious illness or may be pregnant," Kimberly-Clark urged.

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