December 11, 2010

Johnson & Johnson Issues Rolaids Recall

Johnson & Johnson, still dealing with several product recalls in recent months, has issued another; this time more than 13 million packages of Rolaids antacids after reports that metal and wood particles were found in the products.

The voluntary recall, issued Thursday, is for Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength plus Gas Softchews and Rolaids Multi-Symptom Plus Anti-Gas Softchews. It follows "a small number of adverse reports associated with the product being recalled," according to information posted on the Rolaid's website.

Adverse reactions reported with the use of the products included vomiting, gum and tooth injury, and abnormal taste. J&J's McNeil Consumer Healthcare business, which sells the products, said the "risk of serious adverse health consequences [in connection with the recalled products] is remote," however, have advised consumers to discontinue use of the products at this time.

The company said the materials were most likely introduced into the products during the manufacturing process at an outside plant.

The company has suspended production of the affected Rolaid's products while it investigates the cause of the recall.

The Associated Press reported that the Rolaids recall was traced to crystallized sugar that had given the product the unusual taste and texture.


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