Vicks nasal sprays recalled over bacteria fears

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London, November 20 (ANI): Vicks nasal sprays have been recalled from markets in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, after it was learnt that they contained a dangerous bacteria.

A routine testing procedure in Germany found the spray could contain the bacteria B. cepacia.

The bacteria can cause serious infections in people with a weak immune system or with lung conditions.

"The Procter and Gamble Company announced it is voluntarily recalling three lots of its Vicks Sinex nasal spray in three countries: the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom," the Daily Express quoted a statement on Vicks' website as stating.

It added: "The company said it is taking this precautionary step after finding the bacteria B. cepacia in a small amount of product made at its plant in Gross Gerau, Germany.

"There have been no reports of illness. However, the bacteria could cause serious infections for individuals with a compromised immune system, or those with chronic lung conditions, such as cystic fibrosis."

A total number of 120,000 sprays are reportedly being recalled in the three countries even though there have been no reports of anyone falling ill.

The company statement added: "P and G detected this problem during routine quality control at the plant and promptly took action.

"The company analysis to date shows this problem is limited to a single batch of raw material mixture involving three lots of product. These three lots were sold only in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom."

A helpline number has been provided to consumers too. (ANI)

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