Kotex’s parent company Kimberly-Clark is totally willing to own up when one of its products is less than perfect. That’s why the company said it had intended to destroy a batch of tainted Kotex Natural Balance Tampons, which could contain unhealthy levels of bacteria and “metallic particles” that aren’t so good for you. But some odd villian thwarted that plan by swiping the tainted tampons and selling them to the public despite their unworthiness.
Over at the Dallas Observer, they’ve caught on to this unsavory character’s hijinks after receiving word from Kimberly-Clark, which is based in Dallas. The company warned that it is recalling the tampons, in part because the raw materials used to make them aren’t quite up to par. And then there’s that whole bacteria risk thing.
Apparently this batch was destined for whatever death meets tainted tampons (Tampon bonfire? Incinerator? Shredding machine?) sometime between October 2011 and June 2012 but before that could happen, someone swiped them and sold them off.
The Food and Drug Administration is on the case and is checking into who got their hands on such a large quantity of unsatisfactory feminine hygiene products. While it hunts down the perp, Kimberly-Clark is telling consumers to immediately stop using the tampons.
There haven’t been any reports so far of consumers filing health complaints due to the products, but any customers with questions or concerns should call their doctor. If you think you have tainted tampons, call Kimberly-Clark at 877-485-6839 for instructions on where to send the impacted products in return for a full refund.
Check the company’s list here if you’re worried that you’re in possession of the tampons in question.
Kimberly-Clark Wants You to Know: There May Be Metal, Excessive Bacteria in Your Tampons [Dallas Observer]
Kimberly-Clark Issues a Consumer Advisory Regarding Certain Lots of Tampon Products [MarketWatch]