UPDATED: Recall issued for eight children’s blackcurrant cough medicines

20 June 2018, 15:59 | Updated: 20 June 2018, 16:03

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By Emma Gritt

Own brand medicines from Asda, Superdrug, Tesco, Morrissons, and Sainsbury's have been identified as containing an ingredient that can go mouldy.

Parents are being urged to check their medicine cupboards after an ingredient in eight own brand cough medicines was found to go mouldy.

Syrups from Superdrug, Asda, Bell's Healthcare, Wilko, Tesco, Morrisons and Numark have all been found to contain the rogue ingredient. 

However, only particular batches are affected so parents are urged to check cross reference the expiry dates on their bottles with the ones below. 

>> BELOW: The full list of medicines being recalled <<


Government agency the MHRA want parents to see if they have one of the offending bottles at home, and if so to take it back to where they bought it for an immediate replacement. 

They added that a problem with one of the ingredients in these medicines has been identified which could cause them to allow mould to grow. 

There is a low risk that the mould could make the child unwell or cause a reaction, although to date they are not aware of any cases where this has happened. As a precaution it has been decided to recall affected batches.

Only a small number of batches from 8 different products are being recalled. No other cough syrups are affected.

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. Take them back to where you bought them from. 

“The mould is not always visible, so return any of the affected cough syrup bottles, even if it looks okay to use.

“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.”