Retailers across the U.S. And Canada are pulling some Kotex tampons off store shelves after personal care corporation, Kimberly-Clark recalled the product, citing reports that the feminine hygiene product was unraveling or coming apart inside some users' bodies.
Kimberly-Clark says it has received reports from consumers saying that the tampons unraveled and/or came apart during removal.
A "small number" of consumers also said they experienced "infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms" due to the defective products.
"U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, Regular Absorbency" that were manufactured before October 16, 2018 have been recalled. The sanitary products were sold throughout the United States and Canada. In some cases, this defect resulted in pieces of the tampon breaking off and being left in the body, which required medical attention to remove, the statement said. Consumers can identify the recalled product by looking for specific lot numbers on the bottom of the package.
The company urges any customers who have experienced any of these symptoms after using this particular product to seek immediate medical attention.
Anyone who may have the impacted products are asked to stop using them immediately and contact the consumer service team at 1-888-255-3499. Central Time, Monday through Friday, for information regarding this recall.