Scope® Mouthwash Recalled For Failure to Meet Child-Resistant Closure Requirement

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation the Proctor & Gamble Company, today announced a voluntary recall of Scope Original Mint Mouthwash in the one liter size due to malfunctioning child-resistant caps. The packaging also lacks a statement that says “This Package for Households Without Young Children”, which is required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

The Poison Prevention Packaging act of 1970 was enacted to prevent young children from accidentally ingesting hazardous substances ordinarily stored around the house. The law encompasses many prescription and over-the-counter products, such as vitamins, cough syrups, and products containing alcohol, such as mouthwash.

About 35,000 bottles are believed to be involved, but no incidents or injuries have been reported. The one-liter bottles were sold at drug stores, grocery stores, and other retailers between January 2010 and June 2010 for about $4. The bottle has the number “4” on the bottom. Consumers can also self-test bottles at home to ensure they meet child-resistant guidelines.

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Every seven minutes a child under the age of 5 goes to the Emergency Room because of an unintentional poisoning. Scope Original Mint Mouthwash contains ethyl alcohol which is toxic and can cause serious injury or death if ingested by children.

For all products that contain harmful ingredients, parents of children should be aware that child-resistant caps are not child proof. According to the CPSC, child resistant caps only have to keep out 80% of kids under the age of five. A study conducted by CBS’ The Early Show found that preschoolers were able to open three of seven bottles that had child resistant caps, including caps for products such as drain cleaner, dish washer detergent, and adult pain relievers.

Adult consumers can continue to use the mouthwash, as the product itself is safe, but should keep the bottle well out of reach of children at a minimum. For households with small children that could be placed in danger, consumers should return the product to Proctor & Gamble for a full refund or replacement coupon.

For additional information about the recall, contact Procter & Gamble toll-free at (877) 340-8825 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log on to their website at: www.scopemouthwash.com

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