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,"
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
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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