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Musty Moldy Odor Leads to Another Tylenol Recall

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A musty moldy odor linked to a trace chemical sends yet another Tylenol recall to be announced by Johnson & Johnson.

The McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit is recalling one product lot of Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets that were distributed in the U.S.   The recall includes about 60,912 bottles that were made in February 2009.  Each of those bottles contains 225 caplets.

There were a small number of reports about these recalled pills and an odor they were giving off.  The odor has been linked in the past Johnson & Johnson recalls to the presence of trace amounts of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  TBA is a byproduct of a chemical preservative (sometimes used on shipping pallets).

TBA has been associated with non-serious and temporary gastrointestinal symptoms.  The New Brunswick, N.J. based Johnson & Johnson company since September 2009, has had about two dozen recalls of nonprescription and prescription medicines, contact lenses, diabetes test strips, and replacement hips.  Included in the many recalls were tens of millions of bottles of children’s and adult Tylenol and Motrin.

The high number of recalls has obviously affected Johnson & Johnson revenue and stock price.  Johnson & Johnson says that it has inspected its plants worldwide and invested millions of dollars in order to improve the quality of its manufacturing and satisfy federal regulators.  After so many recalls Johnson & Johnson is under strict scrutiny.

This specific Tylenol Extra Strength product recall lot number is ABA619 300450444271.  If you have this recalled product, please stop using it and contact McNeil at www.tylenol.com or by calling 1-888-222-6036 for instructions on receiving a refund or product coupon.

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