Huggies baby wipes recalled amid bacteria fears

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Two batches of Huggies baby wipes have been recalled over bacteria concerns.

Huggies said the company takes the safety of customers and the quality of their products "very seriously", which is why the two batches are being removed from shelves.

The recall is for the Huggies Thick Baby Wipes Fragrance Free - Limited Edition, Tropical (The Little Mermaid design), in 80s and 3x80s pack.

The wipes are sold exclusively at Woolworths in Australia, the recall notice said.

Huggies Thick Baby Wipes Fragrance Free - Limited Edition, Tropical (The Little Mermaid design) in both single 80s packs and 3x80 packs. Source: Huggies
The recall impacts Huggies Thick Baby Wipes Fragrance Free - Limited Edition, Tropical (The Little Mermaid design) in both single 80s packs and 3x80 packs. Source: Huggies

The recall is limited to two batches which were produced on July 21 this year.

"After testing, it has been identified that a bacterium (burkholderia cepacia) may be present in these wipes," Huggies said. 

"Whilst this poses little medical risk to healthy people, it may cause serious infections or health complications in those with weakened immune systems."

Huggies said the identification of the bacteria was an "isolated issue" and no other Huggies-brand baby wipes are affected.

General photo of Woolworth in Melbourne, Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
The Huggies wipes are sold exclusively at Woolworths supermarkets in Australia. Source: AAP
The recalled Huggies wipes.
The batches can be identified by looking at the code on the packaging. Source: Huggies

The recalled baby wipes were on sale approximately from October 2021.

Customers should look out for the batch codes B21072004 or D21072005 on the side of the pack, and cease use if either of the batch codes are present.

Huggies can be contacted either by phone on 1800 028 334 on Monday to Friday between 8am to 4pm, or through the online contact form to arrange a replacement or a gift card.

Customers seeking a replacement or gift card will have to provide a photo of their pack with the batch code visible.

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