Cottonelle has announced a recall on select lots of two different products: Cottonelle® Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle® GentlePlus Flushable Wipes. Certain lots of both products may be contaminated with Pluralibacter gergoviae, a strain of bacteria that may pose a health risk to those with compromised immune systems.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP is currently investigating defective product claims involving Cottonelle® Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle® GentlePlus Flushable Wipes. If you or a loved one used these wipes and suffered infection with Pluralibacter gergoviae, please call (518) 463-7784 today for a free case review.
Kimberly-Clark, the parent company that owns Cottonelle, is recalling Cottonelle® Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle® GentlePlus Flushable Wipes that were manufactured between February 7, 2020, and September 14, 2020. Consumers are encouraged to check the lot number on the packaging for these products to see if they are in possession of the contaminated wipes.
The Cottonelle website provides a searchable database where consumers can enter the lot number to see if their wipes are included in the recall.
The contaminated Cottonelle wipes were sold throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean earlier this year. The Pluralibacter gergoviae was detected during product testing. In October 2020, Costco, Amazon, and other retailers began warning customers who purchased certain Cottonelle® Flushable Wipes that their products might contain a strain of this bacterium.
Pluralibacter gergoviae is a naturally occurring bacterium that is generally harmless for healthy individuals. Cottonelle has reported a “low rate of non-serious complaints, such as irritation and minor infection.”
However, those with weakened immune systems, preexisting conditions that increase the risk of infections, and those who have undergone surgery may face more serious issues, such as:
Furthermore, some strains of Pluralibacter gergoviae are resistant to antibiotics. Individuals who are infected with antibiotic-resistant Pluralibacter gergoviae may experience more serious complications and require more intensive medical intervention.
If you have Cottonelle® Flushable Wipes and/or Cottonelle® GentlePlus Flushable Wipes in your home, check the lot number on the package right away to see if your product is included in the recall. Although it is crucial to keep the product and the packaging for your potential legal claim, you and your family should stop using the wipes immediately if they are part of a contaminated lot.
Put the wipes and packaging in a safe place where no one can access them by mistake. If you or a loved one suffered infection with Pluralibacter gergoviae, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and options.
For more than 30 years, Dreyer Boyajian LLP has been serving clients in complex litigation claims involving bacterial and parasitic outbreaks. We have recovered significant compensation in both individual lawsuits and class action claims against private corporations, the state, and other parties.
If you need assistance with a Cottonelle recall claim, Dreyer Boyajian LLP can help. For a free consultation, please call (518) 463-7784 today. Our team serves clients nationwide from our offices in Albany and Saratoga Springs, New York.