Vicks VapoRub recall: Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recalls batch of Vicks VapoRub Xtra Strong 100g with the wrong formula inside

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The manufacturer of one of Australia’s most popular cold and flu remedy has issued a recall after a formula mix-up.

Procter & Gamble Australia is recalling a batch of Vicks VapoRub Xtra Strong 100g (AUST L 372739) because the jar has been incorrectly labelled as Vicks VapoRub ointment 100g.

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Normally, Vicks Xtra Strong has a red lid and a red label, while the Standard Vicks VapoRub has a green lid and blue/green label.

In this case, the incorrectly labelled batch (number 222605) has a red lid and the standard blue/green label.

Procter & Gamble Australia is recalling a batch of the Vicks VapoRub Xtra Strong 100g (AUST L 372739) because the jar has been incorrectly labelled as Vicks VapoRub ointment 100g. Credit: TGA

Vicks VapoRub Xtra Strong contains different levels of active ingredients (menthol and eucalyptus oil), excipient ingredients, warning statements and usage instructions than Vicks VapoRub Ointment, according to the TGA.

This means anyone who relies only on the jar label of the incorrectly labelled batch could be susceptible to a reaction of the three excipient ingredients (cedarwood oil, cardamom and ginger) that are not listed on the Vicks VapoRub label.

Your next steps

  • If it has a red lid and a blue/green label, check the batch number on the jar label or the packaging carton
  • If you have batch 222605, return it to your place of purchase for a refund or replacement
  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Procter & Gamble Customer Service team on 1800 028 280 or your health professional.

The TGA has advised that no other batches of Vicks VapoRub Xtra Strong are being recalled at this time.

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