Rockline Industries announced that it has initiated a voluntary nationwide product withdrawal to the retail level of certain lots of its store brand wet wipes. The voluntary withdrawal is a result of routine product testing that detected the presence of a micro-organism known as Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia).
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), B. cepacia is a bacteria that can be found in soil and water. The CDC says “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 (CF), may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia. B. cepacia is a known cause of infections in hospitalized patients.” Further information on B. cepacia can be found on the CDC website at: (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/id_BcepaciaFS.html).
“The well being of those who use our products is our top priority,” said Alan Perlman, Rockline spokesman. “We are voluntarily removing this product from stores to maintain the highest possible standards of quality for our retail customers and their consumers. While the probability of a health risk is remote, we want to take every precaution. Consumers will receive a full refund or replacement.”
There have been no reports of illness related to this incident, according to Perlman. Only a small portion of the company’s wet wipes products are affected. Those products that are affected will likely have a bad odor described as sour milk.
The company encourages consumers who have purchased wet wipes between Aug. 21 and Nov. 17, 2006 to check the lot code of the product. The lot code, which is not the same as a bar code, is typically found on the back label or side panel of the package and includes the word “Lot” followed by a series of numbers. Affected products have lot codes with the first 5 digits beginning at 06233 and ending at 06253. These numbers will be followed by either 0220197 or 0220693. No other lot codes or products are affected. Perlman recommended discontinuing use of the product and returning the package to the place of purchase for a full refund or replacement.
Affected products were packed in multiple brands including the following items sold at Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club:
Product Lot Code
EQUATE Pop-Ups, Fragrance Free Baby Wipes, 80 Count Tub,
LOT 06239 0220197XXXX
EQUATE Pop-Ups, Fragrance Free Baby Wipes, 80 Count Refill,
LOT 06250 0220197XXXX
EQUATE Pop-Ups, Fragrance Free Baby Wipes, 160 Count Bag,
LOT 06233 0220693XXXX
MEMBER’S MARK Moist Wipes Pop-Ups, Fragrance Free, 720 Count Box,
LOT 06237 0220197XXXX
For more information, contact Rockline Industries at 866-964-3322.