Contaminated cough syrup recalled

2009-06-26 00:00

VIRALCHOICE Junior Syrup was recalled after the bacteria lactobacillus, from Gum Tragacanth, the raw material used in the manufacture of the syrup, were found in certain batches.

PharmaChoice, the company that produces the syrup, decided to withdraw the 50 ml and 200 ml bottles as a precautionary action.

PharmaChoice said, however, that the impurity found in the batch is not expected to cause any illness as lactobacillus occurs naturally in the body and certain foodstuffs, but recommends that children be sent to healthcare professionals as a precautionary measure.

“We contacted the Medicines Control Council immediately and asked stores and distributors where this product had been sold to remove it from their shelves,” said Dr Navin Singh, the medical director at the company marketing the ViralChoice range.

PharmaChoice advises all parents, child minders and healthcare professionals not to give the syrup to children, but to return it for a refund.

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