Contaminated Cough Syrup: Baby cough syrup recalled as potential health hazard
Cough syrup manufactured by Kingston Pharma, LLC, of Massena, New York, is being recalled because it may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans. In food products such as cough medicine, Bacillus cereus can cause gastrointestinal illness with symptoms ranging from mild to severe and even fatal.
Kingston Pharma is recalling 2-fluid ounce (59 mL) bottles of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus, in lot KL 180157. The potentially contaminated product was distributed nationwide to Dollar General retail stores. The problem with the cough syrup was discovered after audit testing revealed the presence of Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans in sample bottles contained in the recalled lot. In fact, one in ten bottles tested showed low levels of Bacillus cereus and two in ten bottles tested showed low levels of Bacillus circulans.
The company has suspended production of the baby cough syrup during the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) investigation. Recalled products were shipped in cartons labeled DG™/health baby Cough Syrup + Mucus in 2-fluid ounce bottles marked with Lot KL180157 Expiration date 11/20 on the bottom of the carton and back of the bottle label, with the UPC 8 54954 00250 0.
Consumers should not use any of the recalled product they may have in their homes. Contamination with Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans can cause illnesses with symptoms that include vomiting and diarrhea. Most often, illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred. Individuals at risk for more severe forms of illness include infants, young children, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem with the use of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus.
For more information about Contaminated Cough Syrup, or to speak to a food poisoning lawyer about the Contaminated Cough Syrup, call 1-888-335-4901.