The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that homeopathic remedy maker Terra-Medica has voluntarily recalled 56 lines of its products, including the exotically named Pleo-FORT, Pleo-NOTA-QUENT and Pleo-EX, because they "have the potential to contain penicillin or derivatives of penicillin, which may be produced during the fermentation process".
The FDA says this is dangerous because consumers who are allergic to penicillin would not be warned of its presence, and could lead to "a range of allergic reactions from mild rashes to severe and life-threatening anaphylactic reactions".
Homeopaths use highly diluted solutions of natural substances to "trigger the body's natural healing process". Terra-Medical claims its treatments can relive inflammations, combat infection, help with stress and the common cold, among several other things.
There have been no reports of people suffering any such reactions so far, the company says. We have contacted Terra-Medica for comment and will update should we receive any.