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The U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tration has issued a recall warning for specific lots of Kotex tampons conta­m­i­nated with a bacterium that could cause vaginal infec­tions and other health risks.

The recall is limited to two specific lots of Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency manufac­tured by Kimberly-Clark. According to the FDA, both the 18 count and the 36 count packages contain tampons that were made with raw materials conta­m­i­nated with Enter­obacter sakazakii, a bug that may cause vaginal infec­tions, urinary tract infec­tions, pelvic inflam­matory diseases or other health issues.

Although there have been no reports of illness caused by the tainted tampons, the FDA warns that the Enter­obacter bacterium could be especially life threat­ening to women with preex­isting illnesses or compro­mised immune systems—from HIV, for example.

The recall affects only the 18-count packages (SKU 15063) and the 36-count packages (SKU 15068) of tampons, distributed to specific stores between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2. The FDA says Kimberly-Clark has already contacted the specific retailers—Walmart stores to remove the tainted tampons from their shelves.

Still, the FDA advises consumers to be cautious and check if they recently bought the Kotex tampons. The affected tampons’ SKU are the last five digits on the packages’ bar codes. The recalled tampons can also be further identified by specific lot numbers, printed in a red box on the bottom of the package.

Carton Lot Number Carton Count SKU
AC129321X
18 Count
15063
AC129325X
36 Count
15068
AC129421X
18 Count
15063
AC129425X
36 Count
15068
AC129521X
18 Count
15063
AC129525X
36 Count
15068
AC129621X
18 Count
15063
AC129625X
36 Count
15068
AC129721X
18 Count
15063
AC129725X
36 Count
15068
AC129821X
18 Count
15063
AC129825X
36 Count
15068
AC129921X
18 Count
15063
AC129925X
36 Count
15068

Consumers should contact a physician immedi­ately if they have used the conta­m­i­nated Kotex tampons and experience unusual vaginal discharge, rash, fever, headache, vomiting or abdominal pains—particularly if they are HIV positive, have AIDS, cancer, an existing serious illness or may be pregnant.

Consumers with the recalled Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons should immedi­ately discon­tinue use of the product and contact Kimberly-Clark’s toll-free Consumer Services Division (800–335-6839) to make arrange­ments for safe disposal of the recalled tampons.