December 29, 2009

Tylenol Recall Expanded

Johnson & Johnson is expanding a voluntary recall of Tylenol Arthritis Caplets that began last month after consumers complained of musty, mildew-like odor that triggered nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

According to a new statement issued to the FDA website late Monday, the New Brunswick, NJ company is now recalling all product lots of the Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the red EZ-Open Cap. Johnson & Johnson had originally recalled five lots of their product last month.

The health care company said that the odor stemmed from trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole. That chemical is believed to result from the breakdown of another chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials.

So far, the side effects from the tainted shipments have only been "temporary and non-serious," although the health effects of the compound have yet to be studied. The recall only affects the specific lots cited. All other Tylenol Arthritis pain products remain available. The company will reintroduce Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets 100 count by January after moving production to a new facility.

Anyone seeking a refund or replacement can call Johnson & Johnson at 1-888-222-6036.


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