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Kotex is recalling about 1,400 boxes of its tampons. The recall comes after the company detected Enterobacter sakazakii bacteria on a plastic tube.
The bacteria could cause vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease or other infections. So far, the company says that no illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported.
The affected boxes are 18-count and 36-count boxes of Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency. Recalled boxes have SKU numbers of 15063 and 15068.
The recall was announced on November 9. Kimberly-Clark, Kotex's parent company, has recovered all of the 18-count boxes associated with the recall. Overall, they have managed to recover 97% of the recalled boxes.
The boxes were shipped to retailers between October 29 and November 2. No other Kotex products are affected. Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas received shipments. Some Fry's stores in Arizona and Smith's stores in Utah and Arizona may also have the recalled products. The stores have been notified to take the tampons off the shelves.
Consumers who have the products should stop using them immediately, according to the company's news release.
Kotex is also advising individuals who may have used the affected tampons to go see a doctor if they experience unusual vaginal discharge, rash, fever, headache, vomiting or abdominal pains.
To find out more about the Kotex recall, contact Kimberly-Clark's customer service line at 1-800-335-6839. Customers who may have purchased affected products should be sure to check their lot number against the recall list.