Sunday, 04 March 2012 08:21
it is thought this is the issue behind the Gripe Water investigation.
Currently the packaging states: “Woodward’s Grip Water contains oil of Dill
herb and Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate and brings the rapid relief of wind and
It also says: “Dill oil warms and relaxes the tummy, breaking down trapped air
bubbles. Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate neutralises acid in the baby’s tummy. The
results are usually a resounding burp.”
A spokesman for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said
other gripe waters were still available.
“The investigation relates to manufacturing issues,” she said.
A statement from Reckitt Benckiser said: "Following the acquisition of SSL plc
at the end of 2010, as part of a standard procedure, Reckitt Benckiser reviewed
all products in the SSL portfolio.
"As a precautionary measure it was decided to temporarily halt the
manufacture and distribution of Woodward’s Gripe Water after
identifying minor irregularities in the product’s licence.
"RB takes such matters very seriously, and is working closely with the licensing
bodies to deal with the matter as quickly as possible, putting in place the
necessary remedial action. We regret the inconvenience this is causing to
the users of the product while it remains unavailable.
"Howeverthe quality and safety of all our products is our, and the
regulators' first priority, and in our view this action is necessary."