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Warning over possible saline nasal spray contamination

Possible bacterial contamination found in batches of the saline nasal spray Sterimar Isotonic
WebMD UK Health News
Medically Reviewed by Dr Roger Henderson

16th January 2012 - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning of possible bacterial contamination in batches of the saline nasal spray Sterimar Isotonic.

The spray, which is commonly used to cleanse nasal passages, is sold online and in shops.

The manufacturer, Church & Dwight UK Ltd, has told the MHRA that bacterial infection was found in two batches of the 100ml spray.

The manufacturer has accounted for all stock in the two affected batches, apart from 2,452 individual cans.


The two types of bacteria identified are Pseudomonas stutzeri and Sphingomonas paucimobilis, and are commonly found in soil, water and hospital environments. The MHRA says infections among humans are rare, but that people who suffer from existing sinus or nasal problems, have recently undergone surgery or have a weakened immune system, may be at risk.

Possible symptoms from contamination are nasal or facial tenderness, discoloured mucus or a fever.

The affected batches are marked on the packaging and the base of the can with FE1248b and FE1249. Anyone finding the affected nasal spray should stop using the product immediately and return it to the retailer.

If they find they develop any of the symptoms described, they are advised to see a healthcare professional.

If people have any further questions on the product or affected batches, the MHRA recommends contacting the manufacturer Church & Dwight UK Ltd on 0800 055 6993.

Reviewed on January 16, 2012

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