ATTENTION: McNeil Product Recall

January 17th, 2010

When I receive information that I think is valueable to others, I like to use this space to be able to share that news in hopes that it can help another person or life.

This morning I had an email regarding a massive product recall from McNeil, which includes everyday items such as Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin, Simply Sleep, Rolaids, and St. Joseph products. I like to make sure when I receive items like this that they aren’t a hoax, so I did go straight to the source McNeil to find out the details. You can find out more by visiting the product recall information site, which lists all pertinent information regarding this massive recall, including all product information.

The email I received stated the following:

“The company is carrying out this recall because they have received several consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. These reported cases were temporary and non-serious. The uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole. The source of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole is believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials. The health effects of this compound have not been well studied. At this time, all of the consumer cases reported to McNeil were associated with Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-OPEN CAP.


If you use any over-the-counter products for pain, fever, cold and flu symptoms, allergies, sleep, stomach problems, or prevention of heart attack or stroke, please check to see if you have any Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Rolaids, Simply Sleep, or St. Joseph products. If you have any of these products, go to the product recall website or call McNeil Customer Service to see if the product and lot number is involved in the recall. The lot numbers are usually found on the side of the bottle, on the bottom of the bottle, or on the outer packaging.

McNeil Product Recall Website:
McNeil Customer Service Telephone: 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time)

If you have any of the recalled product, you should stop using the product and contact McNeil by phone or internet for instructions for a refund or replacement and for information about how to return or dispose of the product.

If you have taken the recalled product and have medical concerns or questions, please contact your healthcare provider. Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178; by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787; or on the MedWatch website at

Please Pass this Information on to EVERYONE you know.

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