Colgate Periogard 0.2% chlorhexidine mouthwash is being recalled by Colgate-Palmolive as a precaution due to potential bacterial contamination.
The bacteria concerned, Burkholderia, is 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.
Colgate-Palmolive has initiated the recall in eleven different countries within Europe and Australasia following a quality defect. Microbiological testing of retained samples from the effected batches confirmed bacterial contamination.
The manufacturer’s decision to recall the affected batches was taken to reduce as much as possible any risk to consumers while a full investigation is undertaken.
The solution is a mouth rinse and is available for sale in retail outlets and does not need to be sold under the supervision of a pharmacist.
Speaking today, Liam Moloney, Healthcare Solicitor, said “consumers should be made aware of the dangers of consuming this mouthwash. In the main for most healthy people there should be no problems but for some there could be a potential risk of infection. If people have any suspected side effects they should immediately contact their GP. Anyone that has suffered an injury may also be entitled to claim compensation”.