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India orders Riemann Labs, linked to cough syrup deaths in Cameroon, to stop manufacturing

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The Modi government has directed Riemann Labs, a manufacturer linked to cough syrup deaths in Cameroon, to stop manufacturing activities, said Reuters quoting the country’s health ministry.

Last month, the World Health Organization said a batch of cough and cold syrup sold in Cameroon under the brand name Naturcold contained extremely high levels of a toxic ingredient, the latest in a series of recent warnings about contaminated cough syrups.

The disclosure brings forth the possibility of a third major incident of mass fatalities connected to Indian cough syrups exported within a year.

In the past year, cough syrups from two different Indian companies were responsible for the deaths of over 60 children in Gambia and approximately 20 children in Uzbekistan.

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