Healthy Choices

Baby wipes pulled off shelves due to bacteria

Cuties and other brands of baby wipes will be pulled off the shelves this week in response to a nationwide product recall from Pennsylvania manufacturer Nutek Disposables Inc., according to an Oct. 25 press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The company, which manufactures wipes under several names including Cuties,, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings, recalled its own products voluntarily after learning that some packages may contain bacteria.

Earlier this fall, Nutek received some complaints about odor and discoloration in the wipes. The company tested the product and found a bacteria called burkholderia cepacia in some items. On Oct. 3, the company issued a withdrawal of the items that tested positive for the bacteria, as well as other products manufactured during the same time frame.

Burkholderia Cepacia can jeopardize the health of people with already compromised immune systems or those suffering from lung disease or cystic fibrosis. Anyone with these isues who has used the affected wipes is instructed to call a physician immediately.

The company is working with the FDA to find the source of the problem and to notify participating retailers of the recall. The wipes could previously be found at Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s and

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.