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Public urged not to panic amid cough syrup recall

Benylin Paediatric Syrup recalled amid safety concerns

Two batches of Benylin Paediatric Syrup have been recalled pending an investigation into health and safety risks.

The recall follows the detection of high levels of diethylene glycol in a batch of the Benylin syrup distributed in various countries, including South Africa. The affected batch numbers are 329304 and 329303.

Benylin Paediatric presents as a clear, bright red syrup having a raspberry smell and taste.

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said this follows a report by the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

“SAHPRA immediately contacted the South African manufacturer, Kenvue (formerly Johnson & Johnson) for a response.

“Following engagements with the manufacturer and in the best interest of the public, it was resolved that affected batches would immediately be recalled while an investigation was ongoing,” SAHPRA stated.

According to SAHPRA, diethylene glycol is ‘toxic to humans when consumed and can prove fatal. Toxic effects can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, inability to pass urine, headaches, altered mental state and acute kidney injury which may lead to death’.

The regulatory authority has, however, urged the public not to panic.

“Batch recalls are batch-specific and do not necessarily apply to other batches or similar products.

“The manufacturer is a SAHPRA-licensed manufacturer and complies with Good Manufacturing Practices. The public is reminded that the recall is limited to two batches and they should not panic regarding the range of products bearing the same name.”


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