On January 14, 2011, the McNeil Consumer Healthcare division of Johnson & Johnson announced a recall of various lots of over-the-counter products at the wholesale level. The recall was issued after an investigation revealed possible problems with equipment cleaning procedures at the McNeil manufacturing plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
The recent recall affects approximately 43 million packages of Tylenol 8 Hour, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol upper respiratory products, Benadryl, Sudafed PE and Sinutab, distributed to wholesalers in Brazil, the Caribbean and the United States.
Additionally, 3.9 million packages of Rolaids Multi-Symptom Berry Tablets, distributed in the United States, are being recalled due to unrelated changes in product labeling.
A McNeil press release states that "no action is required by consumers or healthcare providers and consumers can continue to use the product," since the recall was issued as a precautionary measure only and not due to adverse reactions.
The company is currently reviewing manufacturing practices at additional plant locations, and future recalls could be issued if quality control issues continue to arise.
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