Lupilu brand Comfort and Sensitive wipes, sold in Lidl stores, are being recalled due to the presence of a pathogenic germ.
Recall of Lupilu wipes
The Lidl stores, who market the Lupilu brand baby wipes, recall the Sensitive wipes with organic olive oil as well as Comfort baby wipes with aloe vera extract, marketed between April 7 and July 15, 2020. In question: they could be contaminated by a pathogenic germ, Pluralibacter gergoviae. “The symptoms commonly observed in association with Pluralibacter gergoviae infections are inflammatory reactions of the respiratory tract, skin or eyes as well as urinary tract infections” specifies 60 million consumers. If you have any symptoms, contact your doctor. Also, if you own one of the lots below, it is recommended that you stop using them and bring them back to the store for a refund.
What are the affected lots?
“Sensitive” baby wipes with organic olive oil
Batch number: 1 440 0 064 9831 F
Barcode: 4 056 489 191 681
“Comfort” baby wipes with aloe vera extract
Batch number: 1 904 0 064 9840 H
Barcode: 4 056 489 191 674
Toll free number: 0 800 900 343
Which baby wipes are not recommended before the age of three?
Recall that in 2012, the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) judged Phenoxyethanol as a preservative toxic to reproduction and development, and recommended not to use it in cosmetics intended for seat babies like wipes for example (taking into account the regular use of these products), and up to 0.4% maximum in other cosmetics for children under three years. However, the European Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) issued an opinion in 2016 specifying that the phenoxyethanol used at 1% in cosmetics was safe for health regardless of age group. Nevertheless, following new investigations by the National Agency, the experts finally concluded that “the 2012 recommendation for the non-use of phenoxyethanol in cosmetic products intended for the seat should be maintained. It is desirable to expand it to wipes, which are very commonly used for cleaning the seat of young children. In all other cosmetic products intended for children 3 years or younger, the maximum concentration of phenoxyethanol could remain at 1% “, specified the ANSM in a press release of March 20, 2019.
Labeling on baby wipes, since December 20, 2019
Following the request of the agency to “make it appear on thelabeling of so-called “non-rinsed” cosmetic products containing the preservative phenoxyethanol that they cannot be used on the buttocks of children 3 years of age or younger”, manufacturers have had to adapt the labeling of their products. Indeed, this new measure” taken to protect babies “has been in effect since December 20, 2019. Wipes used for changing babies are mainly concerned, as are the creams, milks or even certain lotions that don’t need to be rinsed with water. For other products intended for toddlers under 3 years old, “the 1% phenoxyethanol concentration is applicable”.
What products may contain phenoxyethanol?
In 2017, the UFC-Que Choisir had drawn up a list of baby cosmetics to avoid. We found in particular phenoxyethanol in many products such as:
- the Mixa baby diaper cream,
- Avène and Klorane cold creams,
- the Nivea Baby Soft & Cream wipes,
- Pampers Kandoo and Kandoo Sensitive impregnated toilet paper,
- Poupina 2 in 1 cleansing milk,
- Topicrem ultra hydrating body milk.
“We can further regret that products continue to use false reassurance statements, such as hypoallergenic or paraben free”, said the UFC-Que Choisir. If the association noted some improvements by manufacturers a year after its first study, such as Pampers wipes and baby cleansing water ‘Pediatril’ from Avène, free from phenoxyethanol. these changes in formulas are unfortunately very rare. The magazine 60 million consumers had then established a list of leave-in products that still contain phenoxyethanol. The Nivea Baby, Lidl and Mixa bébé brands are concerned:
|Nivea Baby||Face & Body Moisturizer
Soft Moisturizing Cream
Cleansing Milk and Hydrating Cleansing Milk
Soft & Cream Wipes
|Lupilu (Lidl)||Sensitive baby wipes
Comfort baby wipes
|Mixa baby||Ultra-soft cleansing milk wipes