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Kimberly-Clark Issues a Consumer Advisory Regarding Certain Lots of Tampon Products

September 4, 2012

DALLAS, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today issued a consumer advisory, as a result of suspected criminal activity, regarding a number of defective lots of Kotex Natural Balance* Security® Tampons that may pose public health risks to consumers. While the health risk to consumers is low, some of these tampons have:

  • increased levels of bacteria;
  • presence of metallic particles; or
  • imperfect raw materials.

These products were stolen and fraudulently distributed between October 1, 2011 and June 28, 2012. Distribution locations are unknown at this time. The affected lot codes listed below can be found in the red box located on the bottom of the carton.

Impacted Lot Code List

    PRODUCT NAME                      CARTON COUNT                      LOT CODE (LISTED IN RED BOX ON
                                                                        BOTTOM OF CARTON)
    ------------                      ------------                      ------------------------------
    Kotex Natural Balance* Regular
     Absorbency Security(R) Tampons   18 count                         AC209621X; AC209622X
    -------------------------------   --------                         --------------------
    36 count                          AC209625X
    --------                          ---------
    Kotex Natural Balance* Super
     Absorbency Security(R) Tampons   36 count                         AC127423X; AC209623X; AC209624X
    -------------------------------   --------                         -------------------------------
    Kotex Natural Balance* Super                                        AC127322X; AC127422X; AC213822X;
     Plus Absorbency Security(R)                                        AC213922X; AC214022X; AC214322X
     Tampons                          18 count
    ----------------------------      --------                          --------------------------------
    36 count                          AC127424X; AC206824X; AC207824X
    ----------------------------      -------------------------------

To date, K-C has received no reports of consumer complaints regarding health issues with the product in question. However, the company is encouraging all consumers to check their Kotex Natural Balance* Security® Tampon cartons for any of the above lot codes.

The company is strongly advising consumers that all products with these lots codes should be considered unsafe and not fit for use. Because the cases have left K-C’s authorized supply chain, the company has no knowledge of the product’s current condition.

As always, 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 www.kotex.com or www.kimberly-clark.com.

As part of K-C’s ongoing brand and consumer protection activities, the company determined that some of the products scheduled for destruction between October 2011 and June 2012 have been offered for sale. An investigation into this activity is ongoing and now involves the criminal investigation division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). K-C, in conjunction with the FDA, is continuing efforts to recover the impacted tampons.

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 www.fda.gov/OCI.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA:

About Kimberly-Clark

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SOURCE Kimberly-Clark Corporation

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