In an apparent effort to make Tylenol products a rare commodity, Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Laboratories division has issued a recall on 9 million bottles of its Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom liquid
beverages medicines for trace amounts of alcohol not mentioned on the label.
From the McNeil recall site (you know things are bad when a company sets up an entire website just for its recalled products) :
McNeil Consumer Healthcare initiated the recall after an internal review revealed that information about the presence of alcohol from flavoring agents was noted as an inactive ingredient listed on the package, but not on the front panel of the product. Certain flavoring agents contribute small (< 1%) amounts of alcohol.
Like yesterday’s massive recall of Benadryl, Motrin and Rolaids products, J&J says that there is no need to discontinue using the products and that no adverse effects have been reported.
In 2010 alone, the company has recalled some 200 million units of Tylenol and other McNeil products for everything from musty odors to gritty texture to vague “insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process.”
As always, consumers with questions should call the McNeil Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time.)