Global consumer healthcare brand, Colgate-Palmolive, has been forced to recall bottles of its Periogard mouthwash after contamination fears.
Tests carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) found the bacteria Burkholderia was present in a selection of Periogard mouthwash samples.
As a result, the mouthwash has been removed from sale in countries across Europe and Australasia, 11 in total.
It has been estimated 50,000 bottles of Colgate-Palmolive’s Periogard product, which is sold under different brand names in other countries, have been recalled in the UK alone.
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Although it is thought the Burkholderia bacteria should have no adverse effects in healthy people, there is an infection risk in users who are suffering from lung conditions, such as lung disease or cystic fibrosis, or a weakened immune system.
A statement issued by the UK arm of Colgate-Palmolive read: “The presence of micro-organisms has been detected in some retained production samples of Periogard.
“Under certain circumstances, these micro-organisms may be harmful to individuals with compromised health.
“Accordingly, in order to ensure the safety of our consumers, in co-operation with the Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority, Colgate-Palmolive UK is recalling all Periogard.
“No other Colgate mouthwash products are included in the recall,” it said.
Periogard is a medicinal type of mouthwash, typically used in patients who have recently undergone mouth or gum surgery.
It is available in retail outlets, pharmacies, hospitals and dental surgeries.
The MHRA’s Director of Inspection, Enforcement and Standards, Gerald Heddell, commented on the recall. He said: “For healthy people there should be no problems.
“However, for some there could be a small potential risk of infection. If people do have any suspected side-effects then they should contact their GP.”
Colgate-Palmolive is also advising people to call its helpline with any queries or commented regarding the recall.
People are being told to call 00 800 321 321 32 between the hours of 08:30-17:30 on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s and between 08:30-15:00 on Thursday’s.
The helpline will also be offering advice on refunds and returns of the mouthwash.
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