A brand of cough syrup intended for babies and sold nationwide is being recalled because it may be contaminated with life-threatening bacteria. The recall, issued by New York-based Kingston Pharmaceuticals, involves the Dollar General-branded cough syrup Baby Cough + Mucus Syrup. The product is part of Dollar General's DG/health line of products.
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According to a release from Kingston Pharmaceuticals, the DG/health Baby Cough + Mucus Syrup could contain traces of either Bacillus cereus or Bacillus circulans, bacterial strains that can cause vomiting and diarrhea, according to WebMD. While most cases of the infection are mild, some serious, even fatal, cases have occurred in babies with compromised immune systems.
The product is sold at Dollar General stores nationwide. Designed for infants two months of age and older, the cough syrup comes in a white package with green lettering.
Kingston Pharmaceuticals says that no confirmed cases of either bacterial infection have actually been linked to its cough syrup. The recall includes bottles of cough syrup labeled as DG/health baby Cough + Mucus Syrup. The product comes in a 2 fluid ounce bottle. Recalled bottles are marked by Lot KL180157, with an expiration date of 11/20. In addition, recalled products have a UPC Code of 8 54954 00250 0.
Product testing carried out at Kingston Pharmaceutical's factory discovered traces of both B. cereus and B. circulans in the cough syrup. The company says that 1 in 10 bottles tested positive for B. cereus, while 2 in 10 contained low levels of B. circulans.
Consumers who own bottles of the recalled cough syrup have been advised not to use them. Recalled bottles can be returned to the store of purchase for a full refund.