Nationwide Zicam® Extreme Congestion Relief Recall for Burkholderia Cepacia

Posted on December 19, 2012 by


Matrixx Initiatives is recalling 1 lot of Zicam® Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel. The company is taking this step after finding a small amount of Burkholderia cepacia. 

Burkholderia cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy individuals. However, Burkholderia cepacia in a nasal spray could cause upper airway colonization and secondarily lead to respiratory infections in individuals with a compromised immune system or those with chronic lung conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. The organism is resistant to many antibiotics and may be difficult to eradicate in this sensitive population if an infection occurs.

Matrixx has not received any reports of illness.

Recall details:

Zicam® Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel 0.5 oz. spray bottle contained in an outer carton

NDC number 62750-005-10

Lot: 2J23

Expiration 09/15.

Consumers that have the affected lot of Zicam® Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel should stop using the product and contact Matrixx for a full refund at 1-877-942-2626 from 8am-8pm Central Time Mondays-Fridays and 9am-1pm Central Time on Saturdays.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Matrixx at 1-877-942-2626 at the times stated above or via the internet at


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