A recall of 1,400 cases of Kotex tampons has been issued. The maker says plastic tubing may contain a dangerous bacteria that can lead to serious vaginal infections in women.
Kimberly-Clark, Tampon Maker: Recall Involves What Bacteria?
The firm, based in Dallas, Texas says that a series of tests on their feminine hygiene products showed the presence of the bacterium Enterobacter sakazakii.
The pathogen found in the Kotex brand product is dangerous to humans, citing a story in Reuters via Yahoo News.
A person who comes into contact with the bacteria on the plastic tubing could suffer a range of infections from urinary tract infections (or UTIs), pelvic inflammatory disease (or PID), and vaginal infections.
More serious cases involve infections that potentially could be life-threatening, says a Kimberly-Clark spokesperson, who said they are being proactive about preventing any infections.
Furthermore, women who have a compromised or weakened immune system from HPV infections, HIV and AIDS, cancer, or some other systematic disease are more at risk from this Kotex tampons recall.
Precautions About Tampons: Lots and Brands Involved in Kotex Recall?
If you recently bought Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency between October 29 and November 2, your product is included in the recent recall, according to the FDA.
Stores involved in the tampon recall are Walmart, Fry's, and Smiths. For more on the Kotex tampons recall, visit the Food And Drug Administration's official website.
The advice for now is not to use any of the listed products that appear on the site.