P&G Recalls Sangobion Kids Syrup As Precautionary Measure

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MANILA, Philippines – P&G Philippines announced on December 11 that it is initiating a voluntary recall of Sangobion® Kids Syrup (Iron + Vitamin B-Complex) 100 ml in the Philippines, while also instructing the public to discontinue using the product as a precautionary measure “upon learning of the unintended potential presence of ethylene glycol above the allowable limits in a raw material in some batches of the product.”

This move comes after the company’s consultation with the Philippines Food and Drug Administration regarding the multivitamins which is used for the treatment and prevention of iron deficiency anemia in children, latent insufficiency of iron and vitamin B during the growth period, and iron deficiency after the loss of blood.

Ethylene glycol, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a useful industrial compound found in many consumer products such as antifreeze, hydraulic brake fluids, stamp pad inks, ballpoint pens, solvents, paints, plastics, films, and cosmetics.

It also said that the chemical can affect the central nervous system, heart, and kidneys, adding that “ingesting enough can cause death.”

The voluntary recall is limited to Sangobion Kids Syrup 100 ml sold in the Philippines, and not in other countries. No other Sangobion products sold in the country is impacted.

P&G stated that the issue concerns only some batches of the product but they are recalling all batches “out of an abundance of caution to ensure our consumers only get products that meet P&G’s quality promise” and that nothing is more important to them “than the safety of our consumers.”

Retailers and pharmacies, along with healthcare professionals, have also been requested to stop distribution and sale of the said product and to return their remaining stocks to their P&G sales representatives, according to the company’s statement.

Should a child have consumed the product before this announcement, adverse reactions to watch out for are the following: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, altered mental state, symptoms of acute kidney injury like inability to pass or reduced urine, lower back pain, or additional symptoms of irritability, lethargy, pale appearance, decreased muscle tone, and loss of appetite in younger kids.

Parents and guardians are advised to contact the National Poison Management and Control Center at (02) 8524 1078 (PLDT), or +63 966 718 9904 (Globe), or seek urgent medical attention and please report to the FDA: www.fda.gov.ph should these side effects be observed.

P&G can also be reached through the following:

Customer Care Hotline:

(02) 8894 3955 (Metro Manila)

1800 1888 8008 (Outside Metro Manila)

Email: https://sangobion.com.ph/contactus

“As one of the leading consumer health companies in the world, P&G will always comply with the law and regulations where our business operates. We continue to work with the FDA, our customers, and consumers in taking the necessary actions on this matter,” the company ended its announcement.

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