Sunday, January 17, 2010

Product Recall: Benadryl, Tylenol, Motrin, St. Joseph's Aspirin, Rolaids

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Once again, Tylenol is the subject of a product recall. Johnson & Johnson has initiated a voluntary recall of many of its over the counter products, including Benadryl Allergy, several types of Tylenol, several types of Motrin, St. Joseph's Aspirin, and Rolaids. Only certain lot numbers are involved in the recall. For a FULL product recall list, visit the FDA list here in pdf format.

Apparently, a moldy odor is associated with these products. According to WebMD, at least 70 people have been sickened with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea after ingesting these products. Thus far, the symptoms have gone away by themselves and no one has been seriously injured.

The odor reportedly came from a a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). The product containers were stored on wooden pallets before being filled with their product. These wooden pallets were treated with the [commonly used] fungicide TBA. The TBA "seems to have infiltrated the product containers before they were filled. The full health effects are not known." (WebMD)

According to the FDA's website, all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain 100 Count with EZ-Open cap are being recalled. This portion of the recall began in December, 2009. Additionally, the FDA website states that, as of January 15, 2010, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. initiated this recall after an investigation of consumer reports of a moldy, musty odor in the products that were associated with gastrointestinal events. The FDA site states that this recall is voluntary and taken in consultation with the FDA. McNeil states that it will also take measures requiring suppliers to discontinue use of those [treated] wood pallets. (

Find the list from McNeil here: McNeil Product Recall List.
Further information on US Recall News
Consumers should call McNeil Consumer Healthcare at 1-888-222-6036 for instructions on how to obtain a replacement.
When you call, share this thought:

Dear Manufacturers of goods,
Please do not endorse the use of poison in connection with anything. Do not treat wood with chemicals. Do not unleash dangerous pharmaceuticals onto the public. Make products that are safe in the first place so you don't have to harm innocent people and then initiate a recall. Or maybe you needed a loss tax write-off this year? Stem the greed. Take your time. Do it right. Some people still trust you.




Lucy said...

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Lori at Jarvis House said...

Unless absolutely necessary, just my asthma drug, a non-steroid, I never take any of pills. I learned by caring for my mom, and listening to the doctors prescribe medicine for her, I realized that they believe that it is easier to take a pill rather than try to change someone's behavior. Eat a balanced diet, eat with moderation and things should be fine.