Recall issued for children’s blackcurrant cough medicines

The MHRA has issued a recall on some own-brand children’s glycerine and blackcurrant cough syrups.

The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has today issued an urgent recall of infant cough syrups that are manufactured by Bell, Sons & Co. and sold as 'own-brand' products by a variety of retailers.

According to the MHRA, the recall is a precautionary measure due to a small number of reports of mould.


Affected products

  • Asda Children’s Dry Cough Syrup Glycerol Blackcurrant Flavour;
  • 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;
  • Sainsbury’s Children’s Dry Cough 0.75g/5ml Syrup;
  • Superdrug Children’s Dry Tickly Cough Glycerin 0.75 g/5 ml Oral Solution;
  • Tesco Children’s Dry Cough Syrup;
  • Wilko Tickly Cough 0.75g/5ml Oral Solution

Affected batches

Parents are advised to check if they have any bottles from the batches of the blackcurrant cough syrups listed above. If they do, they should immediately return any bottles of the batches above to the shop or pharmacy they bought it from.

The MHRA reiterates that the mould is not always visible so they should return any bottles of the cough syrups from the batches above even if they can’t see the mould.

Concerned parents should speak to their GP, Pharmacist or designated healthcare professional.

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