Do you use Kotex tampons? Are you frequently concerned about bacterial infections from said tampons? If not, you should be! According to the FDA, Kimberly-Clark, the company that owns the Kotex brand, is recalling a bunch of their Kotex Natural Balance Security tampons (unscented, regular absorbency) over fears of a bacterial infection. Whether or not you have a vagina, that thought is downright terrifying.
Potentially infected tampons were sent to some Walmarts in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas; some Fry’s stores in Arizona; and some Smith’s stores in Utah and Arizona. The FDA has released a series of SKU numbers for the recalled 18 and 36-count boxes that were shipped between October 29 and November 2.
According to the FDA the tampons were made with a raw material contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii, a bacteria that can cause vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and other potentially life-threatening infections. Women with pre-existing medical conditions like cancer or HIV are, naturally, at increased risk.
Symptoms include unusual vaginal discharge, rash, fever, headache, vomiting or abdominal pains, but there is no report of any sicknesses yet. If you experience any of those symptoms, go to the doctor! Kimberly-Clark is encouraging anyone with any potentially contaminated tampons to throw them out and, of course, buy other Kotex brand tampons that were not contaminated.
You can get a full list of the Kotex SKU and lot numbers, as well as more information, from the FDA.