A baby cough syrup sold at Dollar General stores nationwide has been recalled because of a possible bacterial contamination. According to a CBS news report, Kingston Pharma LLC, which manufactures the “DG/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” says the medicine may be tainted with Bacillus cereus/Bacillus circulans. This is a type of bacteria that has the potential to cause gastrointestinal illness and symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the symptoms are often mild although more serious and even fatal cases have occurred.
The FDA cautions that those at risk for more severe forms of this bacterial illness include infants, young children and others with compromised or weakened immune systems. So far, there have been no reports of illnesses in connection with these products. Anyone who has purchased these products may return them to the point of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-724-7347.
Dangers Posed by Bacteria
Bacillus cereus or B. cereus is a type of bacterium that produces toxins. These toxins can cause two types of illnesses: one type is characterized by diarrhea and the other, called emetic toxin, by nausea and vomiting. These bacteria are present in foods and can multiply quickly at room temperature. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps and nausea. Bacillus circulans is a soil-dwelling human pathogen which has been associated with “septicemia, mixed abscess infections, and wound infections”, as well as with meningitis.
Protecting Your Rights
Clearly, these are dangerous bacteria that have the potential to cause serious or even lethal infections. The fact that the contaminated products are meant for infants is even more concerning because young children are more vulnerable to contract more severe illnesses.
If your child has been injured as a result of these defective products, please remember that you do have legal rights. Manufacturers have the responsibility to make products that are safe for consumers. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the product manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, hospitalization and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered an illness as a result of a product, isolate and save the remainder of the product so it can be independently tested in a lab. Report the illness to your local healthcare agency and contact an experienced product defect lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.