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Gripe water recalled in bacteria scare

Medicines watchdog warns over contamination

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A commonly-sold gripe water is being recalled over fears it may be contaminated with bacteria.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a drug alert over Woodward’s Gripe Water, which is alcohol and sugar-free, and used to treat colic in babies.

It is made by Seton Products Ltd and the affected batches are numbered 162, 174, 175, 178, 181, 182 and 183.


The medicines watchdog said there were concerns that water used in the manufacture of the product may have been contaminated with bacteria.

It follows a routine inspection of the manufacturing plant last month.

Stores are being asked to quarantine any remaining stock of the 150ml bottles and return it to their supplier.

Low risk

The MHRA said there was a very low risk that children will be affected.

But it said parents should seek advice from a pharmacist or doctor if their child starts to feel unwell after being given the product.

Anyone who has this product at home should also take it back to where they bought it from.

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