Teethers Recalled Because of Bacteria Risk
Luv N' Care Recalls Certain Gel-Filled Teethers After FDA Finds Bacteria in Gel
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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
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.