Walmart Pulls Select Lots Due to Quality Issue
Walmart has pulled certain lots of Parent’s Choice wipes from stores following a number of internet reports that linked the product to adverse skin reactions.
“Walmart proactively removed select lot numbers of Parent’s Choice baby wipes from stores due to a quality issue,” a spokeswoman said in a written statement to What to Expect on Tuesday. “We are working closely with the supplier and the FDA to investigate the issue.”
At the time of publish, Walmart and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had not issued an official recall of the wipes.
Customers can return the wipes — made by the supplier Nice-Pak — to any Walmart store for a refund, the retailer said. The impacted lot numbers include:
Why were the wipes removed from stores?
In late April, users on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, as well as participants in community forums like What to Expect, started linking Parent’s Choice wipes with certain adverse side effects — including brown and orange skin discoloration and rashes.
Since then, conflicting information spread across social media about whether or not the wipes had been recalled. Adding to the confusion, some reports claimed the wipes were recalled due to heavy metal contamination.
Walmart is still investigating the quality issue, but the retailer said rumors that the wipes were pulled because of arsenic or mercury contamination are false.
How to check if a baby product is recalled
To stay up-to-date on recalls, you can take several steps and rest easier knowing that you have the latest information to keep your family safe:
- Check official federal websites. Recalls.gov posts all recent recalls, and you can sign up for email alerts to get notified about future ones right away. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the agency that regulates children’s and household products, while the FDA oversees food, medicine and more, including the recent baby formula recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) handles car seat and vehicle recalls.
- Look at retailer websites. Major stores such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target and buybuy BABY also post lists of recalled items that they’ve previously sold, so if you regularly shop at certain stores, you may want to keep an eye on those sites.
- Examine the products in your home. When a product is officially recalled, federal agencies and retailers will provide detailed instructions on which items — differentiated by lot numbers, sell-by dates and other factors — consumers should fix, throw away or return.
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