Urgent recall for Huggies baby wipes sold at Woolworths because they could contain harmful bacteria 

Urgent recall for VERY popular baby wipes sold at Woolworths because they could contain harmful bacteria

  • Huggies have recalled two batches of their Thick Baby Wipes Fragrance Free
  • Batches may contain a bacteria harmful to those with weak immune systems 
  • The affected wipes were available in Woolworths from October this year 


An urgent recall has been issued for a popular baby wipe product sold at Woolworths because it could contain harmful bacteria.

Huggies said it was withdrawing two batches of its Huggies Thick Baby Wipes Fragrance Free – Limited Edition, Tropical packs, which had a The Little Mermaid design printed on them.

The manufacturer said the batches may contain the bacteria burkholderia cepacia, which can cause serious infections for those with weak immune systems.

Huggies said it was withdrawing two batches of its Huggies Thick Baby Wipes Fragrance Free – Limited Edition, Tropical packs, which had a The Little Mermaid design printed on them

The manufacturer said the batches may contain the bacteria burkholderia cepacia, which can cause serious infections for those with weak immune systems

The manufacturer said the batches may contain the bacteria burkholderia cepacia, which can cause serious infections for those with weak immune systems

The two batches were both produced in July 2021 and sold in Woolworths stores across Australia.

Huggies said the bacteria is normally harmless to healthy immune systems. 

The affected batches are the ‘3x80s’ and ‘Single 80s’ packs. 

‘After testing, it has been identified that a bacterium (burkholderia cepacia) may be present in these wipes,’ a Huggies spokesman said.

‘Whilst this poses little medical risk to healthy people, it may cause serious infections or health complications in those with weakened immune systems.’ 

Huggies said no other wipes had been affected by the recall and the bacteria detection was an ‘isolated issue’. 

Customers whose packets have a batch code B21072004 and D21072005 should contact Huggies to arrange a replacement or a gift card.

The wipes were on sale from October this year. 

The two batches were both produced in July 2021 and sold in Woolworths stores across Australia (stock image)

The two batches were both produced in July 2021 and sold in Woolworths stores across Australia (stock image)

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