The bacteria detected in the affected packages of flushable wipes is called pluralibacter gergoviae, a bacteria known to bring about infections in immunocompromised people and cause numerous recalls of cosmetic products.
“Pluralibacter gergoviae rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals,” Kimberly-Clark said on its product recall information page. “However, individuals with weakened immune systems are at a heightened risk of infection.”
The recall impacts only certain packages of Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle Flushable Wipes GentlePlus products produced between February 7 and September 14 of this year. All other Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle products are safe to use.
The company stated that there is currently a low rate of complaints regarding the affected wipes at this time and the reported complaints include irritation and minor infection.