Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic that continues to challenge people around the world, everyone is more than a little nervous about the cleanliness of their homes these days. Cleaning products like disposable wipes are in high demand for obvious reasons, and Cottonelle is one of the biggest brands in the business. Unfortunately, the company was forced to recall some of its single-use wipes after an investigation found they might be contaminated with bacteria. That’s right, the cleaning wipes had bacteria. Oops!
Pluralibacter gergoviae is relatively mild in terms of the effects it can have on a person. In fact, most people will barely respond to exposure to the bug, but as HealthDigest notes, those with compromised immune systems are at risk of more serious complications and Kimberly-Clark, the parent company of Cottonelle, is not at risk when it comes to people to make you sick and therefore issues a recall.
The company has set up a callback page that can provide more information on the details of the problem. The potentially contaminated wipes were manufactured between February 7th and September 14th, 2020. This is a very broad range, and you can identify the specific batch code on the package to see if the wipes you purchased are part of the recall. You can enter your lot code in the search facility on the company’s website to see if the wipes you are using are included or if they are safe to use.
In a statement on the website, the company notes that there have been some complaints from people who bought the contaminated wipes:
“The affected product could have the presence of a bacterium (Pluralibacter gergoviae) that occurs naturally in the environment and in the human body,” says the company. “Pluralibacter gergoviae rarely causes serious infections in healthy people. However, people with weakened immune systems have an increased risk of infection. Currently, only a low rate of non-serious complaints such as irritation and minor infections is reported for the affected wipes. ”
The company also quickly realizes that the recall and the bacteria detected have nothing to do with COVID-19. The company says there is “no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 in connection with any of the cases [its] Products. ”If you happen to have some of the contaminated wipes, then you can throw them away as you don’t have to return them for a refund for your purchase price.
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