FDA Issues Recall of Gripe Water Herbal Supplement Over Potential Choking Hazard

Despite its name, Baby Gripe Water is an herbal supplement used by people of all ages.  The box describes that the product relieves acute symptoms, occasional discomfort from things like colic, fussiness, gas, hiccups, and teething.  Since the syrup has ingredients like organic ginger and fennel extract with no artificial flavors or colors, it certainly seems like the kind of thing any parent would want to have in the home. 

But before you run out to Dollar General to pick up a bottle, you should know that Kingston Pharma LLC, the company who makes the product, has issued a voluntary recall for all lots of the “DG” Baby Grip Water.  Apparently, the syrup has an undissolved ingredient, citrus flavonoid, that can make it difficult to swallow.  

To put it another way, this undissolved ingredient could pose a choking hazard.  It should be noted, too, that health officials advise the product is not considered to be hazardous or toxic; the only issue in this recall is a potential choking hazard. 

Fortunately, Kingston Pharma LLC has only received a single report of difficulty swallowing, in a one-week old infant who had been administered the syrup.  Three other complaints regarding the undissolved citrus flavonoid have also been reported. There have been no serious complications, so far. 

The syrup comes in a 4 fluid ounce amber bottle with a white plastic cap that has an oral syringe.  In addition, the product in question has the UPC Code 8 54954002463 and has been distributed throughout the US by the Dollar General Corporation.

As with all product recalls, officials recommend that anyone who may be in possession of these 4-fl-oz bottles with the listed UPC should stop using it immediately and discard it. Furthermore, the FDA suggests that any parent who finds their child experiencing any problem or other reaction to DG Baby Gripe Water should seek medical assistance from their health care provider.  

Also, officials advise that you can report adverse reactions or quality problems or ask questions about the recall by calling 844.727.7347 or sending an email to [email protected].  If you would like to see the full report or prefer to submit a report online, you can also visit:  www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

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