Proctor and Gamble Dismisses Dry Max Pampers Rash Rumors

By Martinne Geller

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Procter & Gamble Co called reports that its new Pampers with Dry Max cause rashes and other skin irritations “completely false” as it aimed to contain a public relations threat to its biggest diaper innovation in 25-years.

The world’s largest household products company said on Thursday, May 6, 2010 that Pampers has been the subject of “completely false rumors fueled by social media.”
The statement comes a day after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it launched a probe into the new diapers after some parents complained that they appeared to be the cause of rashes and chemical burns on their children.

Pampers recently updated its Swaddlers and Cruisers diapers with a thinner, more absorbent technology, which P&G has called its biggest diaper innovation in 25-years. The company has said the product went through extensive testing.
“These rumors are being perpetuated by a small number of parents, some of whom are unhappy that we replaced our older Cruisers and Swaddlers products while others support competitive products and the use of cloth diapers,” said Pampers Vice President Jodi Allen in a statement.
She added that some of those parents “specifically sought to promote the myth that our product causes ‘chemical burns.'”

The company said it has received fewer than two complaints about diaper rash for every one million diapers sold, which it said is average for its business.

Late on Thursday, May 6, 2010 class action law firm Keller Rohrback said it was investigating possible claims against the company.
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