FDA fails to halt sale of contaminated disposable wipes

The FDA has taken no action against companies distributing contaminated baby wipes

Whistleblowers have a thankless job standing up for what they believe is right.

Five years ago, two whistleblowers notified the US Food and Drug Administration about the contamination of disposable baby wipes made by Wisconsin-based Rockline Industries and that the company knew about but failed to stop the distribution of the products. They further wrote that the company had a special “code” they would broadcast should a surprise inspection occur.

Two weeks later, on Nov. 7, 2006, a government inspector paid an unannounced visit and discovered problems that included faulty product testing and poor sanitation, as well as customer complaints about mold and foreign objects such as a dead cockroach and razor blade in the wipes.

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