Mouthwash recalled over bacterial contamination fear

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 4th November 2011

Australia’s regulatory authority for therapeutic goods, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), today (4 November 2011) warned consumers over the batch of Savacol mouthwash that may contain harmful bacteria.

All current batches of Savacol’s Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse alcohol free mouthwash have been recalled. The contaminating bacteria are Burkholderia cepacia and B. stabilis.

In a statement released today, the TGA advised consumers to stop using the product as a precaution. It said that all bottles should be returned to Colgate-Palmolive, no matter how the product appears.

Labels of the product carry the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods number AUST R: 159649.

The TGA said that the contaminated bottles of Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse can be identified by a change in colour, the appearance of white flecks in the product, an altered smell, and a different taste.

The TGA said, “The bacterial contamination is unlikely to harm healthy people, but those with lowered immunity or long term lung problems such as cystic fibrosis may be at risk of chest infection. The supply of this product will cease until the cause of the problem is detected and steps are taken to prevent a recurrence.”

The return of the product and a refund can be organised by contacting Colgate’s Consumer Information Service on 1800 636 551 or by emailing