The Food and Drug Administration has issued a press release concerning a recall of baby wipes because they may contain bacteria.  The wipes were sold under a variety of names in a variety of store.


The manufacturer is Nutek Disposables, Inc. of McElhattan, PA.  The wipes were sold under the brand names Cuties,, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings.  These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014 to the following retail stores: Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and

After getting complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek testing showed the presence of a bacteria, called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products.  Nutek thought it was a good idea withdraw all its baby wipe products.

B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. 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. If you believe you have a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease and you have used one of the affected wipe products, you should call your doctor promptly for medical advice.


The company has not identified the cause of the problem, but is continuing to investigate. In the interim, Nutek has stopped shipping baby wipes manufactured at the facility.


The company is working with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to get all the products off the shelves.


If you have the baby wipes take them back tot he store where you bought them for a  full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM EDT.


Brand Name Retailer Lot Numbers of Product Manufactured by Nutek
Cuties Internet and various retailers All Lots All Lots
Femtex Family Dollar All Lots
Fred's Fred's All Lots
Kidgets Family Dollar All Lots
Member's Mark Sam's Club All Lots
Simply Right Sam's Club All Lots
Sunny Smiles Walgreens All Lots
Tender Touch Various retailers All Lots
Well Beginnings* Walgreens Certain Lots±


*These lot numbers represent all lots manufactured by Nutek. There may be other lots that are made by manufacturers other than Nutek and that are not subject to this recall.