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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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