Health Canada issued a recall for six types of Cottonelle Flushable Wipe products because of a risk the products contain a harmful microorganism that increases the risk of infection.
The wipes have sold more than 2 million units since they were introduced to the Canadian market in February. The Health Canada notice said manufacturer Kimberly-Clark had received no reports of incidents or serious injuries in Canada. Consumers are instructed to dispose of any unused product, and contact Kimberly-Clark to obtain a refund.
Some of the recalled products may contain a common household microorganism Pluralbacter gergoviae, which rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals, but can increase risks of infection in people with weakened immune systems, those recovering from surgery as well as other pre-existing conditions or sensitivities.
The products were manufactured at Kimberly-Clark facilities in Wisconsin and sold at numerous retailers across Canada.
The affected UPC codes are: 36000449327, 36000359701, 36000434781, 36000486742, 36000497762, 36000489859. Consumers can use the Kimberly-Clark lot checker at Cottonelle.com/RecallFAQ, or call 1-800-414-1065 for more information.