Several unsold batches of ‘Oral Guard Antiseptic-Antiplaque Mouthwash' imported by Medimex Singapore Ltd and distributed by IDS Pharmaceutical Division were recalled after the country’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) detected irregularities in three samples of the product during a regular product quality testing in November.
Burkholderia cepacia, a gram-negative bacillus, is usually found in moist environments such as water or wet soil. Its is considered medically harmless but can pose health problems for people with weakened immune systems or chronic lung disease, medical experts say.
According to a HSA press release, the affected mouthwash is manufactured by Group Pharmaceuticals Ltd in India and labelled for use as an antiseptic aid for treating oral conditions such as inflammation of the gums, dental plaque, mouth ulcers or sore throat. It is available in a limited number of retail stores and distributed to dental clinics, specialist institutions and medical hospitals throughout the country.
Medimex has refused to name exact numbers of the recalled products, according to an article in the newspaper.