The TGA Have Issued An Urgent Recall Of Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Urgent TGA Recall on Lucas Pawpaw Ointment

If you have a tube or tub of Lucas’ Papaw Remedies Ointment the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration needs you to put it down – stat.

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued an urgent recall for products that may have been exposed to microbiological contamination. 

Batch numbers of concern are:

  • 00822E26
  • 00522D22
  • 00822E27
  • 00822F01
  • 00822F03
  • 00822F06
  • 00822E31
  • 00522E04
  • 00522E05
  • 00822E30

You can check if the tubs or tubes in your draw need to be discarded by looking at the batch number. On the tubs, the batch number is located on the bottom, on the tubes, it is located at the “crimp,” pictured.

Where to find batch number on Lucas' Papaw ointment
Where to find the batch number on Lucus’ Papaw ointment tube. Supplied

The contamination is of serious concern as Papaw Ointment – considered to have gentle antimicrobial properties – is frequently used as a treatment for minor wounds. It is also considered a cult Australian lip product.

International celebrities like Lucy Hale and Natalie Portman, as well as locals like Cate Blanchett and Gemma Ward, are fans of the product.

The microorganisms that have been flagged are aspergillus tubingensis, sordaria humana, pencillium paneum and Paenibaccillus glucanolyticus. 

While these moulds and bacteria pose minimal risk to consumers, they could be dangerous for immunocompromised individuals

If your product is from one of these batches you can access a refund by returning to the place of purchase or contacting Lucas’ Papaw Remedies Customer Service on 1800 861 852. If you have used the product recently and are showing signs of an adverse reaction, head to your GP or local hospital.

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