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Tampons Recalled, Could Cause Life-Threatening Infection

Tampons Recalled, Could Cause Life-Threatening Infection

By Robert Maday. CREATED Nov 14, 2011

Some tampons have been recalled because they've come in contact with a bacterium that could cause infections that put lives in danger.

Kimberly-Clark announced the recall of some Kotex Natural Balance* Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency.  They were sold in parts of the United States, including Walmarts in the Omaha area.

This recall is limited to two product SKUs (carton codes): 15063 (18 count) and 15068 (36 count).

When they were made, the tampons were contaminated with a bacterium, Enterobacter sakazakii.  That may cause health risks, including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, 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 products affected are both 18-count and 36-count packages of the Kotex Natural Balance* Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency..

They were shipped to stores between October 29 and November 2.  The stores include Walmarts in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

If you've used the affected tampons and experience unusual vaginal discharge, rash, fever, headache, vomiting or abdominal pains--particularly if you're HIV positive, have AIDS, cancer, an existing serious illness or may be pregnant--contact your doctor as soon as you can.

If you have the affected Kotex Natural Balance* Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency, you should stop using the product immediately.  Contact Kimberly-Clark’s Consumer Services Division at 1-800-335-6839 for more information and product disposal.