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Oct 13, 2020
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If you purchased on flushable wipes amid the coronavirus pandemic, check your stockpile.

Kimberly-Clark is voluntarily recalling select packages of Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and GentlePlus Flushable Wipes because they may be contaminated with bacteria that could cause infection.

According to a recall notice posted on the Cottonelle website, the packages were manufactured between Feb. 7 and Sept. 14 and the website has a lot number checker where consumers can find out if their wipes are affected.

"Some of the affected product could contain the bacterium, Pluralibacter gergoviae, which is a cause of infection in humans, can be an opportunistic pathogen, and is part of the normal intestinal flora," Kimberly-Clark said in the recall notice. "At this time there is a low rate of non-serious complaints, such as irritation and minor infection, reported for the affected wipes."

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In the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, toilet paper and wipes were hard to find.
The recall warns that individuals who have a weakened immune system, "serious pre-existing conditions, have been treated surgically, or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at particular risk of infection."

According to the recall, no other Cottonelle products are part of the recall and "Flushable Wipes not affected are safe to use."

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In frequently asked questions about the recall, Kimberly-Clark says there is "no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with any of our products" and adds that the "decision to recall these wipes has nothing to do with COVID-19."

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, toilet paper and wipes were in short supply as consumers stocked up.

Consumers who have the affected wipes should stop using and contact Kimberly-Clark's Consumer Service team at 1-800-414-0165 for instructions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT weekdays.
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