Kimberly-Clark Recalls Kotex Natural Balance Tampons

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Kimberly-Clark has announced a product recall of a limited number of its Kotex Natural Balance Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency that were distributed to specific retail stores within the United States.

The tampons included in the recall were manufactured with a raw material that was contaminated with the bacterium, Enterobacter sakazakii, which can cause serious and even life-threatening health problems. Women using the contaminated products could suffer from vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease or other potentially deadly infections. Women with pre-existing illnesses, cancer or any kind of immune-compromised condition are at even greater risk for health problems to occur.

Kimberly-Clark, outlined the recall to include products distributed to Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas. Also included in the recall are products that were distributed to Fry’s stores in Arizona, as well as Smith’s stores in Utah and Arizona. Women can identify the recalled products by the last five digits of the UPC code and the lot number listed at the bottom of the product’s packaging. A list of these lot numbers and UPC codes can be found on the FDA’s website.

In the meantime, women should contact their doctor if they experience any symptoms of infections, including fever, headache, rash, unusual vaginal discharge, vomiting or abdominal pain.

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