The bacteria called pluralibacter gergoviae was found in some packages of flushable wipes and has the potential of bringing about infections in immunocompromised people.
“Pluralibacter gergoviae rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals,” Kimberly-Clark said on its product recall information page. “However, individuals with weakened immune systems are at a heightened risk of infection.”
The recall impacts only certain packages of Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle Flushable Wipes GentlePlus products produced between February 7 and September 14 of this year. All other Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle products are safe to use.
The company stated that there is currently a low rate of complaints regarding the affected wipes at this time and the reported complaints include irritation and minor infection.
To find out if a product has been affected by the recall search the lot number located on the bottom of their product package on the brand’s product recall information page.