Tesco cough and cold medicine recalled over children label error

By Catherine Furze

Thousands of boxes of medicine have been taken off the shelves of Tesco stores, amid safety fears.

The UK's medicines watchdog say some 78,000 packs from three batches of Tesco Max All-In-One Chesty Cough & Cold Lemon Sachets have been recalled as they have been incorrectly labelled.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that the sachet incorrectly says that children aged 12 years and over can use the product.

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The instructions on the carton and enclosed leaflet are correct, stating that the medicine should not be given to children under the age of 16.

Tesco has urged people who have bought the product to check the batch number and return to Tesco for a refund if you have one of the affected boxes.

The product has been removed from shelves while the labels are updated to show the medicine is not suitable for under-16s.

MHRA's chief safety officer, Dr Alison Cave, said: "Patient safety is always our priority and we are committed to ensuring that the medicines you take are safe.

"We would like to reassure patients and parents that if you or someone under the age of 16 have used recently these sachets and have suffered no ill-effects there is no cause for concern."

The affected batch numbers are: batch number 9MW0145 with the expiry date Nov 2022; batch number 0CW0054 with the expiry date Jan 2023 and batch 0FW0133 with the expiry date May 2023.

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