Colgate Recalls Mouthwash Over Infection Fears

Law360, New York (November 2, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT) -- Colgate-Palmolive (UK) Ltd. is recalling over-the-counter mouthwash in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific over concerns the product could lead to bacterial infections in people with weak immune systems or chronic lung conditions, a British regulator said Wednesday.

The recall includes 14 batches — all U.K. stock — of Colgate Periogard chlorhexidine mouthwash distributed between August 2009 and October, according to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The MHRA said that microbiological testing confirmed the presence of bacteria called burkholderia in 300-milliliter bottles...
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