Kimberly Clark issues alert on 'fraudulently distributed' Kotex tampons

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DALLAS, Texas – The Kimberly Clark Corporation is asking customers who have purchased Kotex Natural Balance tampons to check the lot codes on the back of the box. 

The reason: “the company determined that some of the products scheduled for destruction between October 2011 and June 2012 have been offered for sale,” the Irving-based company says in a release. 

The criminal investigation division of the Food and Drug Administration is looking into how these products were “stolen and fraudulently distributed between October 1, 2011 and June 28, 2012.” 

Below are the impacted codes for each Kotex product: 

Kotex Natural Balance Regular Absorbency Security Tampons: 

18 Count – AC209621X; AC209622X

36 Count – AC209625X

Kotex Natural Balance Super Absorbency Security Tampons: 

36 Count – AC127423X; AC209623X; AC209624X

Kotex Natural Balance Super Plus Absorbency Security Tampons: 

18 Count – AC127322X; AC127422X; AC213822X; AC213922X; AC214022X; AC214322X

Those lot codes are found inside a red box on the bottom of the carton. 

The company says it hasn’t received any reports of consumer complaints of being harmed by their use. However, they offer a stern warning: 

Because the cases have left K-C's authorized supply chain, the company has no knowledge of the product's current condition.

If you purchased one of the products in question, you’re asked to report it to the FDA here or call its criminal investigations office at 800.521.5783.