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Posted on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 : 9:17 a.m.

Tylenol recall announced, 128,000 bottles of eight-hour caplets to be pulled off shelves

By Juliana Keeping

Another Tylenol recall is upon us.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, announced the recall Monday evening in a statement.

This time, 128,000, 50-count bottles of Tylenol eight-hour caplets will be pulled off the shelves due to a musty or moldy odor customers have complained about, according to the release. The company called the risk of adverse medical events “remote.”

The latest recall follows recalls made in January, June and July this year that were traced to McNeil’s Fort Washington, Pa. and Puerto Rico plants, the New York Times reported. All in all, the company has pulled 150 million units of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec for adults, infants and children off the shelves, the Times said.


A Tylenol recall was announced Monday, Oct. 18, involving 128,000 bottles of 50-count eight-hour pills. | File photo

At the time, the company said a substance applied to wooden transport pallets had leached into the products and blamed that for the odor. In the previous recalls, some consumers noted vomiting, stomach pain and nausea, but according to the company, the illnesses were temporary and not serious, the Times said.

The current recall is linked to a Fort Washington plant, the New York Times quoted a company spokesperson as saying.

The company is asking consumers to contact them via or call 1-888-222-6036 for instructions on receiving a refund. Those with medical concerns should contact their healthcare provider.

Juliana Keeping is a health and environment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2528. Follow Juliana Keeping on Twitter



Tue, Oct 19, 2010 : 8:22 p.m.

Another product recall from a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. What a wonderful job Mary Sue Coleman must be doing on their Board of Directors.