Jan 17, 2010

McNeil Recall: Many Lots of Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, and More

Gather all the Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, and Simply Sleep in your house and check this list or use the McNeil search to determine if they are part of this large McNeil recall. For refund or replacement instructions, contact McNeil customer service at 1-888-222-6036.

The company is initiating this recall following an investigation of consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that, in a small number of cases, was associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal events. These include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. This precautionary action is voluntary and has been taken in consultation with the FDA.

Based on this investigation, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has determined that the reported uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). This can result from the breakdown of a chemical that is sometimes applied to wood that is used to build wood pallets that transport and store product packaging materials. The health effects of this chemical have not been well studied but no serious events have been documented in the medical literature. A small number of the product lots being recalled were associated with the complaints of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor, and some of these lots were found to contain trace amounts of TBA.”

The Extra Strength Tylenol I purchased recently was not affected, but I do have two bottles of children’s Motrin that were recalled. Print the list to bring with you when buying new bottles of these products.

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