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Tylenol Recall for Extra Strength Caplets Announced


Yet another Tylenol recall has been announced, this time for the 225-count bottles of Extra Strength Caplets. McNeill Consumer Healthcare announced that the product has been recalled because of a musty, moldy odor.

Tylenol has a history of recalls

This new Tylenol recall is the latest of many that McNeil Consumer Healthcare has had to announce over the years. The new recall involves one product lot involving 60,912 bottles distributed in the United States. The Extra Strength Caplets were manufactured in February 2009 and have the lot number ABA619, which can be located on the side of the bottle label.

The voluntary recall is a precaution, as the risk of serious medical problems related to the recall is remote, according to McNeil. The offensive odor is caused by trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, which can cause temporary, nonserious gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting.

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2,4,6-tribomoanisole is a fungal metabolite that can be found in minute amounts on packaging materials. It is often used to treat wooden pallets that are used to transport and store packaging materials and products.

If you have purchased this Tylenol product with the designated lot number and UPC code (300450444271), do not use the caplets. Contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare by calling 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern time) or visit the website at www.tylenol.com for information on how to receive a refund or a product coupon.

If you believe you have experienced any medical problems from taking this product, contact your healthcare provider. Adverse reactions can be reported to the Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch Adverse Event Report program either online (www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm) or by calling 1-800-FDA-0178.

A previous recall of Tylenol products occurred earlier this year in January, when McNeil recalled certain lots of Tylenol 8 Hour, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, and Tylenol upper respiratory products, along with several other products, because of questionable cleaning procedures. No health problems were reported. Prior Tylenol recalls have involved products for infants and children, the Arthritis Pain Caplets, and others.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare