Teething gel recalled amid contamination fears

Photo: Brauer
Photo: Brauer  

A teething gel has been recalled due to bacterial contamination fears.

Brauer Natural Medicine, in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has issued a recall for one batch of Brauer Teething Gel 20g after testing found some samples have been contaminated with Burkholderia, a bacteria commonly found in soil, water and the general environment.

According to the TGA, the bacteria are capable of causing infections in healthy hosts, but in particular affect those with compromised immune systems. They can also be spread through person-to-person contact.

Initial symptoms may include a low-grade fever, but it can progress to more serious conditions, including pneumonia and other lung disorders.

Affected batches bear the product number 809057 with an expiry date of September 2020. 

The gel has been sold in pharmacies health food stores and online since 24 October 2018.

Consumers are being advised to stop using gel from this batch.

"In infants who have been treated with the affected gel be alert to the potential signs of Burkholderia infection such as low-grade fever," notes the TGA. "Seek immediate medical advice if you suspect infection."

Consumers should return affected goods to the place of purchase or contact Brauer customer service on 1300 308 108 to arrange product return and a refund.

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In a statement on their site, Brauer notes that there have been no reports of patient harm.

"Trust is a must for Brauer – therefore we are doing this as a precautionary measure," the company said. "Our Quality, Research & Development, and Engineering teams are taking immediate action to prevent this happening in the future, so we can continue to provide the high quality, trusted products your family rely on day-to-day.

"At Brauer, we pride ourselves on the quality standards we have provided to Australian families for over 90 years. Our dedication to providing premium products is unwavering – as is our dedication to you and your family."

According to its product description, the gel contains "homeopathic ingredients which are traditionally used in homeopathic medicine to help temporarily relieve the pain, discomfort and irritability of teething."

No other batches are affected.

The recall comes after South Australia Health advised they would be discontinuing the popular Women's and Children's Hospital (WCH) Teething Gel after a review of the treatment found limited evidence to prove its active ingredient lidocaine is effective and that it may be harmful if too much is swallowed.

For more information, please visit the TGA and Brauer