Mouthwash recalled due to bacterial contamination

Colgate Periogard 0.2% chlorhexidine mouthwash is being recalled by Colgate-Palmolive as a precaution due to potential bacterial contamination.


The bacteria concerned, Burkholderia, are unlikely to cause harm to healthy people but may cause infection in those with a compromised immune system or with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Director of Inspection, Enforcement and Standards, Gerald Heddell 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 initiated the recall in 11 different countries within Europe and Australasia following a quality defect.

Microbiological testing of retained samples from the affected batches confirmed bacterial contamination.

The manufacturers decision to recall the affected batches was taken to reduce as much as possible any risk to consumers while a full investigation is undertaken.

There have been no reports of adverse reactions or illnesses associated with this issue and Colgate-Palmolive is working closely with the MHRA to take any further measures if necessary.

Consumers are asked to contact Colgate-Palmolive (UK) Ltd on their freephone helpline 00800 3213 2132 for details on how to return the product.

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