Savacol antiseptic mouth & throat rinse alcohol free

Over the counter medicine

3 November 2011

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advises that all batches of Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse alcohol free chlorhexidine gluconate 2 mg/mL mouthwash are being recalled. Labels of the product carry the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) number AUST R: 159649.

This recall is being conducted because some samples of the product have been found to contain bacterial contamination. As a precaution, you should stop using this product.

Picture of Savacol antiseptic mouth & throat rinse bottle You can identify contaminated bottles of Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse by:

  • Changed colouring
  • The appearance of white flecks in the product
  • Altered smell
  • Different taste.

All bottles should be returned to Colgate-Palmolive no matter how the product appears.

Information for consumers

  • The bacterial contamination is unlikely to harm healthy people, but those with lowered immunity or long term lung problems such as cystic fibrosis may be at risk of chest infection.
  • You should contact Colgate's Consumer Information Service on 1800 636 551 or at or email to arrange the return of the product and a refund.
  • If you have any concerns about your health after using this product you should contact your health practitioner.

Additional information

  • The supply of this product will cease until the cause of the problem is detected and steps are taken to prevent a recurrence.
  • TGA has verified that no other therapeutic products supplied in Australia are affected by the contamination including other Colgate-Palmolive Savacol products.
  • Savacol Antiseptic Mouth & Throat Rinse was used to reduce dental plaque, the incidence of gingivitis and to relieve the discomfort of mouth ulcers.
  • The contaminating bacteria are Burkholderia cepacia and B. stabilis.
  • Colgate-Palmolive will advertise this issue in major daily newspapers from Friday 4 November 2011.