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Kotex Tampon Recall In Virginia, DC: Products Unravel In Body

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VIRGINIA — A consumer alert for women in Virginia and the District of Columbia: Kimberly-Clark is voluntarily recalling a tampon brand after reports the feminine product unraveled or came apart inside the body, sometimes resulting in infection or injury. The recall, announced Dec. 12, applies to the company's U by Kotex Sleek Tampons, regular absorbency. The products were sold nationwide in the U.S. and in Canada.

The items were made between Oct. 7, 2016, and Oct. 16, 2018, the company said in a release. They were distributed between Oct. 17, 2016, and Oct. 23, 2018. To see if your products were recalled, you'll have to look at the specific lot numbers found on the bottom of the package. A full list of those numbers is available on the product's website.

"Retailers have been alerted to remove the recalled lot numbers from shelves and post a notification in their stores," the company said. No other Kotex products were recalled.

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The company said some people had to seek medical attention after parts were left inside the body during removal.

"There also have been a small number of reports of infections, vaginal irritation, localized vaginal injury, and other symptoms," the notice said.

Consumers who own the defective product should stop using them immediately and call Kimberly-Clark at 1-888-255-3499.

Click here to see if tampon product was recalled.

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Patch national staffer Dan Hampton contributed to this report.

Photo credit: Kimberly-Clark

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