Kotex Tampons Recalled Due to Bacterial Contamination
If you are like most women then you have used tampons sometime throughout your lifetime. Most of the time we do not think about dangers or hazards when using them since breakthroughs in science have made them much safer for the inside of our vagina than they were before. No one is thinking about dealing with vaginal thrush or other vaginal infections when using tampons.
The FDA issued a recall on Nov 9, 2011 for specific lots of Kotex tampons because they were contaminated with bacterium. Vaginal infections and other health risks are thought to be linked to this bacterium. Common sense tells you that inserting any type of harmful bacterium into your vagina could cause adverse effects.
There are two lots of Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency made by Kimberly-Clark that are affected by this problem. The 18 count and 36 count boxes are both included in this recall.
Raw materials contaminated with Enterobacter sakzakil were used in the making of these tampons. This is a bug which can cause vaginal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and other issues which also includes urinary tract infections.
No reported illnesses linked to the tampons have been reported as of yet but the FDA continues to warn that Enterobacter bacterium could be life threatening to women which have had immune system compromising diseases like HIV before using these tampons.
18 count boxes with SKU 15063 and 36 count boxes with SKU 15068 should be thrown away. These boxes were sent out to stores between October 29 and November 2. Any stores that received and stocked these tampons have been notified by Kimberly-Clark and asked to take them off of their shelves.
Check your Kotex tampons just in case. You can find the SKU number as the last five numbers at the end of the bar code on your package. Also you can look at the lot numbers. They are printed in a red box on the bottom of your package.
Vaginal infections are never fun to deal with and it is important that you protect your vaginal health. Some people highly recommend that you do not use tampons but in light of recent improvements some of those people have changed their minds on the issue. It is possible that occurrences such as these may change the mind of those people again and cause them to think negatively about tampon usage.