These Two Common Bathroom Products Have Just Been Recalled
Officials have announced that these frequently used products could result in infection.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought upon a new wave of concerned cleaning. In fact, at the start of the pandemic, many cleaning products were so highly sought after that they were sold out of many stores. Now, more cleaning products are missing from store shelves—though it's not just because they're in high demand. Recently, two common bathroom products were recalled: Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle GentlePlus Flushable Wipes. Read on to find out why the products were pulled, and for essential cleaning advice, discover The One Thing in Your Home You're Not Cleaning That's Making You Sick.
Kimberly-Clark, a manufacturing company behind big names like Kleenex and Huggies, recalled several lots of Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle GentlePlus Flushable Wipes that were manufactured between Feb. 7 and Sept. 14 after discovering that these products may contain Pluralibacter gergovaie, a bacteria that is known to cause infections.
"Individuals who have a weakened immune system, suffer from serious pre-existing conditions, have been treated surgically, or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at particular risk of infection," the company said in a statement on Oct. 9.
Kimberly-Clark said that there have been no reports of serious infection as a result of these wipes, but that there has been a "low rate of non-serious complaints, such as irritation and minor infection, reported for the affected wipes."
This is worrying, as the coronavirus targets the same groups of people more susceptible to infection from the bacteria found in these wipes. The existence of a co-infection involving a respiratory virus like the coronavirus and a bacterial infection—like one the affected wipes could cause—is also a concern. A Chinese study published in The Lancet on March 28 found that 50 percent of coronavirus patients who died also had secondary bacterial infections. And there's historically a precedent for this, as well. According to a notable 2008 study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, a majority of deaths from the 1918 flu pandemic were actually the result of secondary bacterial infections.
Kimberly-Clark, however, notes that there is currently "no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated" with any of their products, including the recalled wipes. And the company said in their statement that the decision to recall these Cottonelle wipes has "nothing to do with COVID-19." But these wipes aren't the only products that have been pulled from shelves. For more products that have been recently recalled, keep reading. And for coronavirus news you may have missed, find out how COVID Can Live for a Month on These 2 Items You Touch Every Day.
Sunshine Mills dog food
Several popular dog food products have just recently been recalled by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for containing high levels of aflatoxin, a mold byproduct that could hurt your pet if they eat a lot of it. The recall included 21 popular dog foods, all manufactured by Sunshine Mills. And for more pet products that will be hard to find, discover why Petco Just Took This Controversial Product Off Its Shelves.
Super Soaker water guns
In August, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (UCPSC) recalled two versions of the Super Soaker water gun, a popular summer toy for children. Both the green-and-orange Super Soaker XP 20 and the orange-and-blue Super Soaker XP 30 were recalled because a decorative sticker placed on the products had ink that contained lead surpassing the amount allowed by the federal government. The recall affected nearly 54,900 water guns. And for more ways to keep your kids safe, These Are the Safest Ways to Disinfect Your Kids' Toys.
Harbor Breeze indoor ceiling fans
Lowe's recently had to recall a specific brand of fan because of consumer injuries. Harbor Breeze's Kingsbury indoor ceiling fans were taken from the shelves and online store after the manufacturer received 76 reports of the fan's light globe falling, resulting in at least four laceration injuries. And for more home products to keep your eye on, These Are the Secret Health Dangers Lurking Inside Your Home.
The Spice Hunter spices
Several kinds of spices from the The Spice Hunter were recalled on Oct. 12, including parsley, cinnamon, pepper, paprika, and garlic. According to the FDA, these products were voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer because they had potentially been contaminated with salmonella. And for more useful content delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.