URGENT WARNING FOR PARENTS: There has been a recall for teething tablets in Australia.
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The tablets have been taken off the shelves after testing found inconsistent levels of Belladonna – a toxic plant – also known as deadly night shade.
“This recall is being undertaken following an investigation by the United States Food and Drug Administration that products supplied in the US contained inconsistent amounts of belladonna alkaloids, a toxic substance, which may differ from the calculated amounts listed on the products’ labels,” says the TGA statement.
“While the TGA had tested samples of these products supplied in Australia and found no quality issues, Kadac is now recalling the tablets as a precautionary measure due to the potential safety risk that belladonna alkaloids can pose to children.
“The effects of belladonna can be unpredictable and could cause serious health problems.”
Certain homeopathic products, including the Hyland’s baby teething products, are not assessed by the TGA before their entry into Australia.
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“The body’s response to belladonna in children under two years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk,” says Janet Woodcock, the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in the United States.
“We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homoeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”
The American FDA has revealed there had been 400 reports of adverse effects and 10 infant deaths relating to the homoeopathic teething products.
The Hyland’s Baby teething gel is not affected by this recall. However, all Hyland’s baby teething products, including the gel, will no longer be marketed in Australia, says the TGA.
Parents are being urged to return to tablets to their place of purchase or call Kadac on 1300 762 025.
For more information, visit the TGA website.