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FDA warns of contaminated swabs in first-aid kits

Consumer Reports News: April 26, 2011 01:23 PM

If you own a first-aid kit made by Atwater Carey, be careful. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that the disinfecting iodine swabs included in certain kits might actually cause life-threatening infections.

The problem lies with Atware Carey First Aid Kits distributed by Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, which contain Triad Povidone Iodine Prep Pads. Those medicated swabs, manufactured by H&P Industries Inc., have been recalled from the market for possible bacterial contamination, which could lead to wounds becoming infected rather than disinfected.

The FDA warns that other items in the kits are still safe to use. However, consumers with these kits should immediately discard the bacteria-tainted Triad pads.

Atwater Carey First Aid Kits that included Triad Povidone Iodine Prep Pads
Product Name Part Number UPC Code
Personal First Aid Kit
3 68093 00158 9
Dayhiker First Aid Kit
3 68093 00159 6
Backpacker First Aid Kit
3 68093 00160 2
Light & Dry #1 Kit
3 68093 00273 9
Light & Dry #2 Kit
3 68093 00274 6
Light & Dry #3 Kit
3 68093 00275 3
Marine First Aid Kit
3 68093 00299 9

Important Information Regarding Atwater Carey First Aid Kit with Triad Group’s Povidone Iodine Prep Pads [FDA]

Paul Eng

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