Pharmaceutical company Kingston Pharma voluntarily recalls its baby cough syrup sold at Dollar General after tests showed strains of harmful bacteria.
DG/health Naturals baby Cough Syrup + Mucus tested positive for Bacillus cereus and Bacillus circulans, according to a recall notice by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Bacteria In Cough Syrup
One in 10 bottles of the cough syrup showed low levels of B. cereus, and two in 10 bottles had low levels of B. circulans.
The first of the bacteria is known to cause gastrointestinal sickness with symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, but no illnesses have been reported.
"Most often, illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred," the FDA said in the recall notice.
People with weakened immune system, as well as infants and young children have higher risk of contracting the more severe kind of illnesses.
The recalled products are labeled DGTM/health baby Cough Syrup + Mucus in 2-fluid ounce bottles. Consumers should check for Lot KL180157 and UPC Code 8 54954 00250 0 with its expiration dated November 2020.
Kingston Pharma has suspended its production while the authorities conduct further investigation to identify the source of the bacteria. The consumers may get in touch with the manufacturer at 1-844-724-7347 within business hours Eastern Time.
Last February, Kingston Pharma recalled all lots of DG Baby Gripe Water herbal supplement with organic ginger and fennel extracts due to an undissolved ingredient called citrus flavonoid. The FDA said the ingredient is not necessarily a health risk, but it could lead to difficulty in swallowing the herbal supplement for sensitive individuals.
Kingston Pharma received a complaint about a 1-week-old infant who had difficulty when swallowing the product and three cases regarding undissolved citrus flavonoid.
"The product is packaged in 4-ounce amber bottles, white plastic caps with safety seals and provided with an oral syringe, with UPC Code 8 5495400246 3," the FDA advised.
The products were also distributed in all Dollar General stores nationwide.