The Procter & Gamble Co. has recalled some 120,000 bottles of Vicks Sinex nasal spray after the company found bacteria in samples during routine testing. The voluntary recall took place after small amounts of the B. cepacia bacteria were found in the over-the-counter product at the German plant where it’s made. Millikin says no illnesses have been reported. The bacteria could harm people with chronic lung problems or weakened immune systems according to the company.
Three lots of the spray sent to stores in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom are being recalled. The company, which is based in Cincinnati, says it has informed regulatory authorities in the affected countries. The bacteria were found in a small amount of the U.S. lot after it shipped, and the company is testing samples from the U.K. and German lots produced from the same raw material mixture in Gross Gerau, Germany. P&G says consumers should not use the medication.
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