“Known pathogen” found in baby cough syrup
HealthLine – DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus is being recalled after the discovery of contamination from a known pathogen capable of causing vomiting and diarrhea.
According to a notice from the Food and Drug Administration this week, the voluntary recall is due to the presence of two types of bacteria: Bacillus cereus and Bacillus circulans.
The cough syrup is produced by Kingston Pharma, LLC of Massena, New York.
Testing of the product revealed that one in ten bottles indicated low levels of Bacillus cereus; two in ten bottles indicated low levels of Bacillus circulans.
So far no illnesses have been reported in connection with the cough syrup.
“A well-known foodborne bacteria”
Bacillus cereus is a well-known foodborne bacteria that produces toxins often resulting in vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
The other bacteria, Bacillus circulans, is also capable of causing infection but it less harmful.
Dr. Sunil Sood, chair of pediatrics at Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital, Bayshore, New York, lauded the recall effort.
“If you find any bacterial contamination in anything that goes in your mouth, a recall is definitely the right thing to do,” he told Healthline.
“Even if that particular bacteria or virus, whatever they find, is not likely to cause disease, who knows what else could have gotten into that same [product]? There was a source of contamination and that could imply that something else could have gotten in,” he added.
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What to know about the bacteria
Bacillus cereus has had a reputation for decades as a cause of food poisoning. The bacteria is commonly associated with sickness from eating fried rice, so-called “fried rice syndrome.”
“The classic way this happens is that you order fried rice, often Chinese food, and you leave it out at room temperature on the kitchen counter and when you then go to reheat it the next day, these are bacteria that are in spores and they germinate with the reheating and can produce toxins that can cause vomiting or diarrhea,” said Sood. Read more.