Kimberly-Clark, the company that produces HUGGIES® diaper wipes, issued this statement in response to reports of alleged allergic reactions to their products:
At Kimberly-Clark nothing is more important than the health and safety of the families that use our products. Kimberly-Clark has proactively been exploring alternatives to the preservative Methylisothiazolinone (MI) for years and decided last summer to develop MI-free baby wipes.
HUGGIES® Natural Care baby wipes referencing “Our Simplest Formula Ever”, our first MI-free baby wipe, began arriving in stores last month. All of Kimberly-Clark baby wipes products will be MI-free by the end of the year.
While the roll-out of MI-free wipes continues, parents who currently use our wipes that contain MI, can remain confident in the safety of our products when used as directed.
Low levels of the MI ingredient have been used in baby wipes for years. The levels of MI used in our wipes have always been well within long-established guidelines from regulatory agencies in the U.S and Europe.
Our wipes remain safe and millions of families have used them over the years with no adverse reactions and parents can continue to use our wipes with confidence. Skin irritation can occur for a number of reasons and if parents are concerned about the appearance of a rash, they should consult with their doctor.
Statement issued February 5, 2014.
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