Kimberly-Clark has announced a voluntary product recall in the US and Canada following incidents of its U by Kotex Sleek Tampons coming apart on removal.
The personal care giant received reports from consumers of the tampons “unravelling and/or coming apart”. In some cases users required medical attention to remove tampon pieces left in the body.
The company also received a number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury and other symptoms.
The U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency, tampons were manufactured between October 7, 2016 and October 16, 2018 and distributed in the US and Canada between October 17, 2016 and October 23, 2018.
Kimberly-Clark has advised any consumers with the product in their possession to stop using the product immediately and promptly contact the Consumer Service team.
“Consumers who experience “vaginal injury (pain, bleeding, or discomfort), vaginal irritation (itching or swelling), urogenital infections (bladder and/or vaginal bacterial and/or yeast infections), or other symptoms such as hot flashes, abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting following use of the impacted product should seek immediate medical attention,” the company said in a statement on its website.
Consumers can identify the product by looking for specific lot numbers found on the bottom of the package. A full list of recalled lot numbers is available on the U by Kotex website.
Retailers have been alerted to remove the recalled lot numbers from shelves and post a notification in their stores.