Children’s allergy, cold meds recalled

The manufacturer of children’s over-the-counter medications has announced another recall.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has voluntarily recalled some Benadryl, Tylenol and Motrin products that did not meet production standards.

The recall includes Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets in cherry and grape flavours; Motrin Junior Strength Caplets in 24-count packs; and three Tylenol Cold Liquid products.

Earlier this year, McNeil Consumer Healthcare and the US Food and Drug Administration announced a voluntary recall of several other over-the-counter children’s and infants’ liquid products manufactured in the US.

Foster’s Food Fair IGA, which sells the Benadryl and Tylenol products, removed the items from the shelves.

The affected products are: Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Cherry Flavour, with UPC number 3-00450-18018; Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Grape Flavour, UPC number 3-00450-19018; Tylenol Cold Liquid Daytime, UPC number 3-00450-25708; Tylenol Cold Liquid Night Time, UPC number 3-00450-26908; Tylenol Cold Liquid Multi-day SVR, UPC number 3-00450-52108, and Motrin Junior Strength Caplets, UPC code 3-00450-498243.

According to a statement on the manufacturer’s website, the recall was not due to any adverse reactions to the medication.

Referring to the recall of the Tylenol Cold Liquid products, the company’s statement said: “McNeil Consumer Healthcare initiated the recall after an internal review revealed that information about the presence of alcohol from flavouring agents was noted as an inactive ingredient listed on the package but not on the front panel of the product. Certain flavouring agents contribute small (less than 1 per cent) amounts of alcohol.”

McNeil this month also initiated a recall of Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, cherry flavour, in the 36 count package, with UPC code 3-00450-649362. The company said the recall was done as a precaution “following consumer complaints of an uncharacteristic consistency or texture, traced to crystallized sugar in the product”.

According to Foster’s Food Fair IGA, until it receives further correspondence from the manufacturer, the items will remain unavailable at its stores. Customers can return the product for a full refund.

Call McNeils consumer care centre at 1-888-222-6036 in the US.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has voluntarily recalled some Benadryl, Tylenol and Motrin products that did not meet production standards.

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