October 19, 2010 by staff
J & J, which has recalled tens of millions of bottles of Tylenol and drug consumption in the past year due to complaints of a musty smell in the product, said it was voluntarily recalling another batch.
The company, which faces a U.S. Congressional probe of quality control failures that led to his many recent recalls of Tylenol, Motrin painkiller and Benadryl to treat allergies, says almost 128,000 bottles of Tylenol were recalled in last action.
“This voluntary action was taken as a precaution and the risk of medical adverse events remotely,” the company diversified health care said in a statement.
A spokesman for the company has identified the product as an adult Tylenol eight hours sold in bottles with 50-account in the United States and Puerto Rico.
She said the recalled batch was made in March at a plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, operated by J & J unit McNeil Consumer Healthcare.
J & J McNeil close the plant next month and is upgrading the facility to correct deficiencies in quality control discovered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors.
The FDA cited a thick dust, dirt and contaminated ingredients in the factory of Fort Washington. J & J plans to reopen the plant next year, and by using other plants McNeil to help offset the loss of production of the recalled products.
The products manufactured at the plant annual turnover of around 650 million, and about 1 percent of total annual sales of the company. But the wave of recalls has tarnished the reputation of J & J and its consumer brands and forced a redesign of the unit McNeil.
One of the biggest J & J recalls in the past year, January 15, involved 53 million bottles of Tylenol, Motrin and Rolaids antacid as musty odors. The smell was attributed to a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole this wooden pallets that transport and storage of packaging materials of the product.
Asked whether other J & J recalls may be in store, the spokesman for the company replied: “I can not speculate.”
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