Several retailers have recalled Care One cough syrup that was commonly found on supermarket shelves, after faulty labeling was associated with an overdose risk.
The children’s medicine had been produced and made available by Perrigo, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Allegan, Michigan.
The manufacturer had already issued a voluntary recall regarding its hazardous product, and now the same order was launched across retail stores that commercialized the cough medicine for its end users.
More precisely, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, based in Quincy, Massachusetts and serving the north-eastern part of the United States, is one of the ones that will have to discard this consumer item as soon as possible.
The same measure has also been implemented by Giant-Landover, a supermarket and drug store chain headquartered in Maryland, which also operates in Delaware, Washington D.C. and Virginia.
Its sister company, Giant-Carlisle, based in Pennsylvania, with stores also spread across Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, has launched a similar process.
More precisely, the recall refers to the cherry-flavored Care One Children’s Mucus Relief Cough, sold in 4-ounce bottles.
Items belonging to the batch of unsound medicine can be recognized through the Universal product Code (UPC) 34152031837, and through their expiration date (March 2017).
Apparently, the markings which allow patients to determine how much medicine they should take in one single dose are completely inaccurate. This places kids at risk of ingesting much more cough syrup than recommended.
While so far no one has complained of any injury or illness caused by taking the mislabeled cough medicine, manufacturers and retailers have still agreed that the best course of action was to voluntarily remove the potentially perilous bottles, so as to put customer safety first and avoid any future mishaps.
Those who have already bought one of the products that are subject to the recall should discard them immediately. Also, under no circumstances should parents try to give the syrup to their kids while relying on its dosage measurements, because the incorrect markings might result in a life-threatening overdose.
In order to benefit from a full refund, customers will have to take their receipt back to the Stop & Shop or Giant store which they initially visited when they purchased the medicine.
Clients who wish to receive additional information or clarifications regarding this ongoing recall should contact Stop & Shop’s Customer Service department, at 1-800-767-7772, Giant-Landover’s toll-free hotline, at 1-888-469-4426, or Giant-Carlisle’s similar service , at 1-888-814-4268.
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