A second company that makes and distributes alcohol prep wipes to prevent infection has issued a large recall because of potential bacterial contamination. The company shares a common supplier with a Wisconsin wipe-maker whose products have been blamed for illnesses and death. Professional Disposables International Inc., (PDI), of Orangeburg, N.Y., has recalled all lots of five different kinds of packages of non-sterile alcohol prep pads because of what a company spokeswoman called “very low levels” of detection of Bacillus cereus bacteria.
Interestingly, that’s the same organism that has triggered massive global recalls, a plant shut-down and at least eight lawsuits against the Triad Group and H&P Industries of Hartland, Wis. The lawsuits claim that contaminated alcohol prep products led to dangerous infections in folks using the products for medical care. The recall announced on Sept. 16th came after FDA inspectors visited the plant and tests showed the presence of Bacillus cereus.
PDI has confirmed that the company buys padding material from Tudor Converted Products Inc. of Summerville, S.C., the same company that supplied pad material to the Triad Group and H&P Industries. In at least one lawsuit, H&P Industries officials have claimed that the bacteria found in their products came from contaminated padding from Tudor. Both Tudor officials and PDI have dismissed that claim.
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