Kimberly-Clark issues warning about stolen tampons

Tampons were supposed to be destroyed for failing inspection but instead could be re-sold to women

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DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp. says thieves have stolen and sold some rejected tampons that may pose a health risk if used.

The Dallas-based consumer products company said some of its Kotex Natural Balance Security tampons failed the company's final inspection and were sent to an outside company to be destroyed. But at an unknown point they were stolen and the defective products were then sold to the public.

Kimberly-Clark said some of the tampons have increased levels of bacteria, the presence of metallic particles and imperfect raw materials. The company said the health risk to consumers is low and that it has received no complaints from consumers.

The products had been scheduled to be destroyed between October 2011 and June 2012.

K-C recommends that any consumer experiencing health concerns regarding the use of tampons should immediately cease using the product and contact their physician. Consumers should contact K-C at 877-485-6839 for instructions on where to send the impacted products in return for a full refund. K-C service representatives will be available seven days a week from 7 am to 7 pm Central Time. Consumers can also get information by visiting or

K-C and the FDA are asking for the public's help in reporting any information regarding this situation to the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations by calling 800-521-5783 or by visiting

Affected lot codes (found in the red box located on bottom of cartons)

Kotex Natural Balance* Regular Absorbency Security® Tampons

18 count: AC209621X; AC209622X

36 count: AC209625X

Kotex Natural Balance* Super Absorbency Security® Tampons

36 count: AC127423X; AC209623X; AC209624X'

Kotex Natural Balance* Super Plus Absorbency Security® Tampons

18 count: AC127322X; AC127422X; AC213822X; AC213922X; AC214022X; AC214322X

36 count: AC127424X; AC206824X; AC207824X

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