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Cottonelle Wipes Recalled Over Bacteria Concerns

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Oct. 14, 2020 -- Check your bathroom cabinet: Some packages of Cottonelle flushable wipes are being recalled because they may be contaminated with bacteria.

The brand’s parent company, Kimberly-Clark, says the recall is limited to specific lots of Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle GentlePlus Flushable Wipes manufactured between Feb. 7, 2020 and Sept. 14, 2020. You can check which lots are affected here.

While no serious health issues have been reported, the brand says there have been some complaints about irritation and minor infection due to the wipes.

“The affected product could show the presence of a bacterium (Pluralibacter gergoviae) which naturally occurs in the environment and in the human body,” Cottonelle said in a recall notice on its website. “Pluralibacter gergoviae rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals. However, individuals with weakened immune systems are at a heightened risk of infection.”

People who bought the affected wipes should stop using them immediately -- especially if they experience a reaction. The brand says anyone with a health-related issue due to the wipes should call a doctor right away.

If you have questions about the recall, or need instructions on how to get a refund, contact Kimberly-Clark's Consumer Service team here or call 800-414-0165.

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