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More bad news for Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit after they recalled more Tylenol as well as Motrin and Benadryl. According to the company, the new recall is tied to an ongoing recall stemming from the January 15 recall of over 53 million bottles of their products.
The recall began after consumers noticed a musty or moldy odor in their pain reliever medications. The odor was linked to the chemical TBA, which was present in the pallets used in the shipment and storage of their products. The recall led to the shutdown of McNeil's Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania factory.
These lots are being added to the list of recalled products as a precautionary measure after a continuing internal review determined that some packaging materials used in the lots had been shipped and stored on the same type of wooden pallet that was tied to the presence of TBA in earlier recalled lots. All lots involved in the recall were produced before the January 15, 2010 recall, after which McNeil stopped accepting shipments of materials from its suppliers on that type of pallet.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, consumers who bought recalled Johnson & Johnson products should stop taking the medicines and contact the Johnson & Johnson about a refund or replacement.
Consumers who bought medicines included in the recall should stop taking the products and contact the company about a refund or replacement, the company said in its release. Reuters reports that FDA spokeswoman Elaine Gansz Bobo said the agency would make the latest expanded recall public on its website but had no additional information.