- Cottonelle recalled many of its disposable wipes due to the possibility that they were contaminated with bacteria.
- Bacteria are relatively mild, but compromised immune systems may be at greater risk of a serious reaction.
- You can request a refund from the company on the recall page.
Everyone is more or less about the cleanliness of their homes these days thanks to the coronavirus pandemic that continues to claim lives around the world. Cleaning products such as disposable wipes are an highly sought after item for obvious reasons, and Cottonelle is one of the largest brands in the business. Unfortunately, the company was forced to issue a recall on some of its disposable wipes after it was revealed in an investigation that they could be contaminated with a bacterium. That’s right, wipe wipes have bacteria on them. Oops!
The bacterium, Pluralibacter gergoviae, is relatively mild in its effects on humans. In fact, most people will not have nearly a reaction to the bug contact, but as HealthDigest notes, those with weakened immune systems may be at risk for more serious complications, and Kimberly- Clark, the parent company of Cottonelle, did not take the opportunity to talk to people, so it issued a recall.
The company has set up a recall page where you can get more information on the details of the issue. Potentially contaminated wipes are made between February 7 and September 14, 2020. That range is very wide, and you will recognize the specific lot code on the wrap to determine if the wipes you may have purchased are part of recall. You can type your lot code into the search feature on the company website to see if the wipes you have are included or if they are safe to use.
In a statement on the site, the company noted that there were some complaints from buyers of contaminated wipes:
“The affected product may show the presence of a bacterium (Pluralibacter gergoviae) that occurs naturally in the environment and in the human body,” the company said. “Pluralibacter gergoviae rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals. However, individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of infection. At this time there is a low rate of non-serious complaints, such as irritation and minor infections, reported for affected wipes. “
The company was also quick to note that recall and detection of bacteria had nothing to do with COVID-19. The company states that “there is no evidence to support the delivery of COVID-19 associated with either [its] products. “If you are having some of the contaminated wipes, you can go ahead and dispose of them, as you do not have to return them to receive a refund for your purchase price.