Children's Cough Syrup Sold At ASDA, Tesco And Wilko Recalled Over Allergy Fears
Parents are being urged to check bottles of own-brand children's blackcurrant cough syrup, after a problem was spotted with one of the ingredients.
Own-brand cough syrups sold by ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Wilko have been recalled over fears one of the ingredients could cause mould to grow.
Mould can produce allergens, irritants and toxins, and can trigger potentially lethal asthma attacks.
Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause allergic reactions like sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and rashes, according to the NHS.
No cases have yet been found as a result of this, but eight own-brand products have been recalled as a safety precaution.
According to the UK body which regulates medicine, any bottles of the cough medicine in question should be returned.
The products affected by the recall are:
- Asda Children's Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour - batch 274V1, 276V1, 278V1, 283W1 - expiry dates 27/09/2017, 31/10/2017, 02/01/2018, 19/02/2018
- Bell's Healthcare Children's Dry Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Syrup - 280V3 - exp 04/01/2018
- Morrisons Children's Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution - 282W1- exp 30/01/2018
- Numark Children's Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution - 280V1, 288W1- exp 04/01/2018, 27/04/2018
- Sainsbury's Children's Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup - 275V1 - exp 11/10/2017
- Superdrug Children's Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution - 280V2, 284W1- exp 04/01/2018, 24/03/2018
- Tesco Children's Dry Cough Syrup - 277V1, 278V2, 281W1 - exp 31/10/2017, 02/01/2018, 30/01/2018
- Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution - 275V2 - exp 11/10/2017
A representative from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA), Dr Sam Atkinson, 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 OK 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."
Despite the chances of a reaction being low, Dr Atkinson has urged parents to check bottles of childrens' cough medicine before use.