Tylenol Recalls 60,912 Bottles Due To “Musty” Odor Reports

ex stA Johnson & Johnson subsidiary is recalling 60,000 bottles of extra strength Tylenol following consumer complaints and the detection of a “musty, moldy” odor, a spokesman said on Wednesday. “It was in response to complaints and McNeil’s detection,” Marc Boston, a McNeil Consumer Healthcare spokesperson, told Reuters Wednesday.

The consumer healthcare company is a division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., in turn a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

“This was discovered as part of our ongoing surveillance monitoring protocol for musty, moldy complaints,” Boston said in an emailed statement adding to his earlier comments.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Tuesday announced the voluntary recall of one product lot, or 60,912 bottles, of “Extra Strength” Tylenol caplets, following reports of an “uncharacteristic” odor.

Boston said no further information is being released at this time.

The moldy odor has been linked to traces of a chemical called tribromoanisole (TBA). TBA has been associated with an “offensive odor” and temporary gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a news release from McNeil. More in Reuters.

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  1. The FDA also reported this week that Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals has recalled specific lots of Risperdal (risperidone) 3 mg tablets; and Risperidon 2 mg tablets because of an odor thought to be caused by trace amounts of TBA (2,4,6 tribromoanisole). TBA is a by-product of a chemical preservative sometimes applied to wood. This wood is used mainly in the construction of pallets on which materials are transported and store.

    The lots are: The Risperdal lot 0GG904 – which includes approximately 16,000 bottles – was shipped between 8/27/2010 and 2/15/2011. The company believes there are approximately 1,600 bottles of Risperdal from this lot remaining in the marketplace. The risperidone lot OIG175 – which includes approximately 24,000 bottles – was shipped between 11/10/2010 and 1/01/2011. The company believes there are fewer than 1,200 bottles of risperidone from this lot remaining in the market.

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