Health Highlights: Oct. 28, 2014
Baby Wipes Recalled Due to Possible Bacteria More Than 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled by Company
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Baby Wipes Recalled Due to Possible Bacteria
Ten brands of baby wipes sold at Walgreens, Sam's Club and other stores nationwide are being voluntarily recalled due to possible bacteria contamination, the company announced Monday.
According to Nutek Disposables, Inc., included in the recall are baby wipes sold under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings. The products were sold prior to Oct. 21, 2014 at Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's stores, and at Diapers.com.
"After receiving a small number of complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products," the company said in a news release.
"B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people," Nutek added. "However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia." People with any of those conditions who think they have used the wipes should contact their doctor, the company said.
Nutek says it has received "numerous" complaints of rash, irritation, infections, gastrointestinal troubles, and respiratory issues from consumers, although it's not clear if these complaints are tied to the baby wipes.
Consumers who have purchased the products can return them to point of purchase for a full refund, Nutek said. If consumers have questions they should call Nutek at 1-855-646-4351 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET.
More Than 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled by Company
More than 31,000 pounds of frozen chicken products have been recalled by a Pennsylvania company because of concerns about contamination with staph bacteria.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the contamination was discovered during a sampling program conducted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The company, Murry's Inc., is based in Lebanon, Pa.
Staphylococcus aureus bacteria can cause food-borne illness and staph infections, the USDA said in a news release. Symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea, and they usually develop within a few hours of when the contaminated food has been consumed.
The recalled products include Bell & Evans gluten-free chicken breast nuggets (12 ounces) and Bell & Evans gluten-free chicken breast (10.5 ounces), according to the USDA. All products have Aug. 9, 2015 expiration dates.
During a phone interview Sunday on "PBS NewsHour Weekend," Murry's Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ira Mendelson said no other company products were affected by the reported contamination.
"Even having knowledge of one box being contaminated, we felt a voluntary recall would be necessary," Mendelson said during the interview. No cases of food poisoning have been reported since the recall was issued on Saturday, according to Mendelson and the USDA.
Consumers with questions can call Murry's customer service, at (717) 273-9361.