A popular infant’s medicine is being recalled after the product was found to contain chloroform.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration issued a total recall of Infants’ Friend Pty Ltd oral liquid after the discovery was made.
The infant’s medicine is used to relieve colic, teething and to keep bowels regular.
It is labelled for use in infants from birth up to one year of age.
“The TGA recently became aware that Infants’ Friend oral liquid includes a small amount of chloroform as an inactive ingredient,” a statement read.
“When used at high doses, Infants’ Friend oral liquid can expose children to levels of chloroform that are higher than the level established to be safe. However, intermittent, short-term use is not expected to be harmful.
“The TGA investigation concluded that the safety of Infants’ Friend oral liquid was not acceptable due to the potential for infants to be exposed to intakes of chloroform that exceed a safe level.
The product label did not specify a maximum number of doses or duration of use, which could lead to prolonged use at high doses, the TGA’s investigation also concluded.
The “main concern” was when multiple doses were taken daily for months.
Consumers are advised to talk to their health professional with any concerns.
At high doses and/or following long-term use, chloroform could cause damage to the liver, kidneys and nervous system.
Chloroform is a colourless liquid that is an anesthetic and sedative when ingested.
If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, talk to your health professional or contact Infants’ Friend Pty Ltd customer service on 1800 981 403.
If you suspect your infant has had an adverse effect to this product, please report it to the TGA.