The drug company who make the product, Norvitas Consumer Health UK, has identified a possible manufacturing fault of the tamper seal which could result in small pieces of plastic being found in the liquid medicine. Although currently there are no reports of consumers affected by the manufacturing fault, Norvitas has recalled the product and set up a customer helpline to answer any questions or concerns on 0800 854 100.

There are 37 batch numbers affected with expiry dates from 01/08/2015 to 01/06/2016.

Judith Gledhill, from Thompsons Solicitors, said: “The MHRA has stated that the recall is precautionary but that makes sense, you don't want to take a chance with a product that you swallow that may have bits in.

“At Thompsons we know from the defective products cases we have dealt with that you don't take a chance. We strongly recommend that everyone who has a bottle of Tixylix in their cupboards carries out a quick check to ensure the product they have is safe to use.

“It's a matter of checking the batch number against the expiry date and if the bottle of Tixylix is one of those on the list then consumers really should take it to a chemist (ideally the place of purchase) for a full refund.”

The affected medicines being recalled are:

Tixylix Toddler Syrup 100ml - PL 00030/0150 (Glycerol)
Tixylix Toddler Syrup 150ml - PL 00030/0150 (Glycerol)
Tixylix Baby Syrup 100ml - PL 00030/0150 (Glycerol)
Tixylix Blackcurrant Flavour Syrup 100ml - PL 00030/0150 (Glycerol)
Tixylix Chesty Cough 100ml - PL 00030/0082 (Guaifenesin)

Batch numbers are available on the MHRA website.