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Precautionary Recall - Children’s Blackcurrant Cough Syrup

publication date: Jun 20, 2018

Parents should check bottles of some own-brand children’s blackcurrant cough syrup to see if they need a replacement, advises Dr Sam Atkinson, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) Director of the Inspection, Enforcement and Standards Division.

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 a 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 eight different products are being recalled. No other cough syrups are affected.

Dr Sam Atkinson 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.”

Brand and Product Description

Batch Number(s)

Expiry Date

Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour

274V1, 276V1,

278V1, 283W1

01/08/20 01/10/20 01/12/20


Bell’s Healthcare Children's Dry Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Syrup



Morrisons Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution



Numark Children’s Dry Cough 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution

280V1, 288W1

01/12/20 01/04/21

Sainsbury’s Children’s Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup



Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution

280V2, 284W1

01/12/20 01/03/21

Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup

277V1, 278V2, 281W1

01/10/20 01/12/20 01/01/21

Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution