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Teethers Recalled Because of Bacteria Risk

Luv N' Care Recalls Certain Gel-Filled Teethers After FDA Finds Bacteria in Gel
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

July 20, 2009 -- Luv N' Care Ltd. of Monroe, La., is voluntarily recalling its gel-filled teethers with the brand names "Nuby," "Cottontails," and "Playschool" due to possible bacterial contamination of the gel inside the teethers.

The FDA found Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus circulans bacteria in the gel in samples from two lots of the teethers.

Although those bacteria generally don't make adults sick, they can cause stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and, in rare cases, more serious disease in infants and children with weakened immune systems.

The bacteria are in the gel inside the teether, so the main risk is the teether getting punctured and infants ingesting the gel.

No illnesses have been reported to date, Luv N' Care states in a July 17 news release.

The FDA and Luv N' Care advise people to stop using the recalled teethers and throw them out or return them to the store where they were bought for a full refund.

Here is the list of all the recalled products:

UPC code Brand Name
48526-00451 Nuby
48526-00452 Nuby
48526-00453 Nuby
48526-00454 Nuby
48526-00455 Nuby
48526-00459 Nuby
48526-00467 Nuby
48526-00472 Nuby
48526-00473 Nuby
48526-00482 Nuby
48526-00483 Nuby
48526-00487 Nuby
48526-00490 Nuby
48526-00519 Nuby
48526-00521 Nuby
41520-87115 Cottontails
50428-91511 Playschool
41520-91660 Cottontails

Luv N' Care says it has stopped production and distribution of the teethers and is notifying distributors to return the recalled products.

For more information, call Luv N' Care at 800-256-2399 ext. 3106 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time.

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