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FDA Announces Recall of Selected DUKAL Antiseptic Wipes and Swabs

August 1, 2012                          
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified consumers of a nationwide recall of selected lots of benzalkonium chloride swabs and antiseptic wipes manufactured for DUKAL Corp. by Jianerkang Medical Dressing Co.

DUKAL initiated the voluntary recall because of concerns that the selected lots may contain the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia).

B. cepacia may cause serious infection in individuals who have compromised immune systems or chronic lung infections, including people with cystic fibrosis.

This voluntary recall is for products still within the product expiration date and includes:

  • Zee Antiseptic Swabs
  • Dukal BZK Swab Med

For a list of recalled products, items and lot numbers, read the FDA’s announcement.

Consumers who have purchased the products identified in this recall are advised to discontinue use of the products immediately, as their use could lead to infections.

Benzalkonium chloride antiseptic wipes are sold separately over the counter and in kits.

For more information on the voluntary recall, including whether to dispose of or return the products, call the DUKAL customer support team at 1-800-243-0741, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern time), or email

People with CF who have used the recalled products should contact their CF physician or health care provider.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.