Tampons are a funny thing. No one particularly likes using them, but for some, they are a necessity. They’re a part of a monthly routine that can’t be ignored, even if there are risks of use involved.
And just recently, one of the major players in the feminine hygiene market announced something major.
Those who shop the Kotex feminine hygiene brand should pay extra attention to the batch number on their tampon box.
The feminine hygiene brand’s parent company, Kimberly-Clark, voluntarily recalled a number of faulty batches of its U by Kotex Sleek tampons in regular absorbency.
The Kotex Tampons recall applies to specific batches of U by Kotex Sleek tampons that were manufactured prior to October 16, 2018.
The tampons, which come in a sleek black box and are individually wrapped in bright colours, have allegedly been coming apart and/or unravelling when removed. A small number of consumers have reported having to seek medical attention in order to remove remains of the tampon that they were unable to remove personally. Injuries have included pain, bleeding, irritation, and infection.
The good news is that no other Kotex products are affected by this recall.
If you’ve purchased U by Kotex Sleek tampons in regular absorbency and have a box sitting at home, it’s best to check the batch number to see if your products are affected by the recall. It should be noted that only batches purchased in North America are affected, so if you purchased tampons elsewhere, you should be okay. However, it’s always best to double check.
To check your batch number and see if you have purchased faulty tampons, just head to ubykotex.com. There you’ll find a prompt to input your “Lot # Checker” and “Department #,” which can be found at the bottom of the box.
Kimberly-Clark’s notice states that there is no need to return the product to the store. However, any shopper with faulty U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, regular absorbency on hand should stop using the product immediately.
To get more information on the recall, you can contact Kimberly-Clark’s Consumer Service team at 1-888-255-3499.
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