Tesco cough and cold medicine recalled over children label error

Thousands of packs of Tesco cough and cold medication have been recalled for being mislabelled, suggesting they are safe for children.

The Medicines and Health Products Regulator (MHRA) said the bag label incorrectly states that children 12 and over can use the product.

The UK Medicines Watchdog says around 78,000 packs of three batches of Tesco Max All-In-One Chesty Cough & Cold Lemon Sachets are affected.

However, the medicine should not be given to children under 16 years of age.

It asked the buyers of the product to check the lot number.

Anyone who has purchased it is urged to return it to Tesco for a refund.

The MHRA said the product was removed from shelves while the labeling is being updated.

The safety officer of the MHRA, Dr. Alison Cave said, “Patient safety is always a priority and we are committed to ensuring that the medications you take are safe.

“It is extremely important that people check their packs of Tesco Max All-In-One Chesty Cough & Cold Lemon Sachet and see if they have an affected pack.

“If so, stop using it and send it back to Tesco for a refund.

“We want to reassure patients and parents that if you or someone under the age of 16 has recently used these sachets and they have not experienced any side effects, there is no need to worry.

“If anyone has any questions, please ask their doctor and report any side effects through the yellow card program.”

The affected lot numbers are: lot number 9MW0145 with an expiration date of Nov 2022; Batch number 0CW0054 with the expiry date Jan 2023 and Batch 0FW0133 with the expiry date May 2023.

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