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Baby wipes are staples in many homes in West Virginia, especially in homes with babies and young children. Wipes are used at diaper changes and can be used for cleaning a child’s hands when he or she make a mess. While no one expects baby wipes to pose a potential danger, a recent recall suggests that some baby wipes recently manufactured are a defective product and are, therefore, unsafe for use.

Nutek is a manufacturer of baby wipes for a variety of store brands. The company received complaints from customers saying that they had purchased baby wipes that were discolored and emitting an unexpected odor. Nutek tested its products in response to the complaints and found the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, otherwise known as B. cepacia, present on some products.

Reportedly, there is little to be concerned about if one is healthy. However, those who have a weak immune system or suffer from lung disease may be vulnerable to the  B. cepacia bacteria. Consumers have reported various illnesses, irritations, respiratory issues and fevers, although they have yet to be definitively tied to the products.

Among the brands affected by this recall are Diapers.com, Fred’s, Femtex, Cuties, Simply Right, Tender Touch, Member’s Mark, Sunny Smiles and Well Beginnings. These products were distributed to a number of retailers across the country. Those affected by the recall include Sam’s Club, Fred’s, Family Dollar, Walgreens and Diapers.com.

West Virginia parents who purchased wipes made by Nutek should stop using the products immediately and return them to the retailer. If a parent believes that his or her child is ill due to the defective product, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately. For parents of children who become ill as a result of using the wipes, a products liability claim may be a possibility, especially if long-term injury or death occurs. It may be possible to seek compensation from the manufacturer of the wipes to help offset medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Ten store brands of baby wipes recalled for possible bacteria“, Jessica Wohl, Oct. 27, 2014