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Precautionary Recall - Children’s Blackcurrant Cough Syrup

We are working with Bell, Sons & Co to recall own-brand blackcurrant cough syrup due to possible mould.

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People should check bottles of some own-brand children’s blackcurrant cough syrup to see if they need a replacement.

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 we 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.

Notes to Editor

Brand and Product Description Batch Number(s) Expiry Date
Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour 274V1, 276V1, 278V1, 283W1 01-Aug-2020, 01-Oct-2020, 01-Dec-2020, 01-Feb-2021
Bell’s Healthcare Children’s Dry Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Syrup 280V3 01-Dec-2020
Morrisons Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution 282W1 01-Jan-2021
Numark Children’s Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 280V1, 288W1 01-Dec-2020, 01-Apr-2021
Sainsbury’s Children’s Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup 275V1 01-Sep-2020
Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution 280V2, 284W1 01-Dec-2020, 01-Mar-2021
Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup 277V1, 278V2, 281W1 01-Oct-2020, 01-Dec-2020, 01-Jan-2021
Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution 275V2 01-Sep-2020
  1. MHRA is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK. All our work is underpinned by robust and fact-based judgments to ensure that the benefits justify any risks. MHRA is a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency which also includes the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The Agency is an executive agency of the Department of Health. www.mhra.gov.uk

  2. Link to Yellow Card Scheme

  3. Link to drug alert

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Bell's Healthcare cough syrup
Morrison's cough syrup
Numark cough syrup
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Superdrug cough syrup
Tesco cough syrup
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Wilko cough syrup
Published 20 June 2018
Last updated 20 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated expiry date on table.
  2. First published.