01.Savacol antiseptic mouth and throat rinse recall
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advises that all batches of Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse alcohol free chlorhexidine gluconate 2 mg/mL mouthwash are being recalled.
This recall is being conducted because some samples of the product have been found to contain bacterial contamination. As a precaution, you should stop using this product.
You can identify contaminated bottles of Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse by:
- Labels of the product carry the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) number AUST R: 159649.
- Changed colouring
- The appearance of white flecks in the product
- Altered smell
- Different taste.
All bottles should be returned to Colgate-Palmolive no matter how the product appears.
Information for consumers
The bacterial contamination is unlikely to harm healthy people, but those with lowered immunity or long term lung problems such as cystic fibrosis may be at risk of chest infection.
You should contact Colgate's Consumer Information Service on 1800 636 551 or at www.colgate.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the return of the product and a refund.
If you have any concerns about your health after using this product you should contact your health practitioner.
- The supply of this product will cease until the cause of the problem is detected and steps are taken to prevent a recurrence.
- TGA has verified that no other therapeutic products supplied in Australia are affected by the contamination including other Colgate-Palmolive Savacol products.
- Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse was used to reduce dental plaque, the incidence of gingivitis and to relieve the discomfort of mouth ulcers.
- The contaminating bacteria are Burkholderia cepacia and B. stabilis.
- Colgate-Palmolive will advertise this issue in major daily newspapers from Friday 4 November 2011.