Columbia unaffected by Kotex tampon recall

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 1:00 p.m. CST; updated 7:07 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — No Walmart stores in Columbia were affected by a recall that removed certain Kotex tampon products from other Missouri Walmarts.

The recalled products were Kotex natural balance security unscented tampons regular absorbancy type, according to the Kimberly-Clark Corp. recall notice.

They were isolated to Walmart, Fry’s and Smith's stores around the country. Sixteen Walmarts in Missouri were affected, including one in Warrensburg. Kimberly-Clark company has not yet removed all of the infected products from Missouri.

The company recalled 1,400 cases of tampons and has since recovered 98 percent of them, said Bob Brand, director of external communications for the corporation.

"Now we're down to not cases but cartons," Brand said. "These would be individual cartons people might purchase. ... We're confident that we have all the recall products off the shelves. The remaining, we believe, would be in the hands of consumers."

The recall stated that the tampons were contaminated by the bacterium enterobacter sakazakii, which is capable of causing illness, including vaginal and urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and other life-threatening conditions, according to the recall announcement.

While the company has no reports of consumers experiencing health problems from the product, Brand urged consumers experiencing any users to visit their doctors immediately.

Several Walmart stores in the Kansas City area also were affected. For fore information on the product recall and a list of affected products, visit the Kotex company website.

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