Kimberly-Clark announced a product recall of a limited number of its Kotex tampons distributed to specific stores in the U.S.
According to a news release, the recall affects 18-count and 36-count packages of the Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency, that were shipped to retail customers between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 in specific Walmart stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas; specific Fry's stores in Arizona; and specific Smith's stores in Utah and Arizona.
The company said the tampons were manufactured with a raw material contaminated with a bacterium -- Enterobacter sakazakii -- that may pose health risks, including vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease or infections that can be life-threatening.
Women with serious existing illnesses, cancer or immune-compromised conditions, such as HIV, are at increased risk. There is limited evidence of transfer between individuals with this bacterium, accord to the release.
The company said all affected stores have been alerted to remove the recalled products from shelves.