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Child cough syrups recalled due to potential mould problem

Find out whether you own one of the cough syrups affected

cough syrup recall

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a precautionary recall for eight own-brand cough syrups.

A problem has been identified with one of the ingredients that could increase the risk of the syrup developing a mould.

There is a risk that a child may become ill or experience an allergic reaction if they drink syrup that has developed a mould. Experts from the MHRA have said the mould is not always visible, so it’s safer to return any of the affected cough syrup bottles, even if it looks safe to use.

Only a small number of batches have been affected, from brands including Asda, Bell’s, Morrisons, Numark, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug, Tesco and Wilko. To discover whether you own a bottle from the affected batch, take a look at the table below:

Brand and Product Description Batch Number(s) Expiry Date
Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour 274V1
276V1
278V1
283W1
01/08/2020
01/10/2020
01/12/2020
01/02/2020
Bell’s Healthcare Children’s Dry Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Syrup 280V3 01/12/2020
Morrisons Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution 282W1 01/01/2021
Numark Children’s Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 280V1
288W1
01/12/2020
01/04/2021
Sainsbury’s Children’s Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup 275V1 01/09/2020
Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 280V2
284W1
01/12/2020
01/03/2021
Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup 277V1
278V2
281W1
01/10/2020
01/12/2020
01/01/2021
Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution 275V2 01/09/2020

For advice on taking Calpol and other infant paracetamol pain relief, including dosage and ingredients, read our Calpol guide.

What should you do if you have a recalled cough syrup?

Dr Sam Atkinson, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) director of the inspection, enforcement and standards division, said:

‘Check if you have any of the listed cough syrups and if you do, please don’t use them.

‘If your child has recently taken one of these cough syrups, and, in the unlikely event that they have become unwell or had a reaction, please speak to your GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.

‘Our highest priority is making sure the medicines you and your family take are safe. This is why, even though there is a low risk of a reaction, we have asked the company to carry out this recall and why we want people to check their medicine cabinets.

‘As with any medicine, we strongly encourage anyone to report any suspected side effects to us via our Yellow Card Scheme.’

The Yellow Card Scheme is a system set up by the MHRA with the aim of recording problems or incidences involving side effects and adverse drug reactions, defective medicines, counterfeit medicines and any other safety concerns related to medicines or medical equipment. Any issues can be reported via its website.

If you find one of these cough syrups in your medicine cabinet, you will be able take it back to the shop and claim a refund, as stipulated in the Consumer Rights Act. A proof of purchase such as a receipt or bank statement may be required.

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