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Bacteria found in recalled Tylenol

The ingredients used in some of the 40 recalled Johnson & Johnson products have been found to contain contaminants according to a report by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA report on the McNeil Consumer Healthcare plant in Fort Washington, PA lists more than 20 manufacturing problems. The manufacturing plant is where the recently recalled products were made. The recalled products include children and infant formulas of Tylenol, Motrin, Benedryl, and Zyrtec.

The FDA report shows that the company did not follow up on over 46 complaints received in the last year regarding Tylenol products. Also, the inspectors found that pieces of the equipment were covered in dust and also had been repaired with duct tape.

Johnson & Johnson issued a statement on Tuesday, calling the problems listed by the FDA “unacceptable to us, and not indicative of how McNeil Consumer Healthcare intends to operate.” McNeil also said that production at the plant would not resume until all of the problems are fixed.

The voluntary recall issued earlier this week is for children and infant formulas of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Zyrtec. These products may have a higher concentration of the active ingredients than listed on the label, some of the products may have particles in the suspension, and some others may have inactive ingredients that do not meet testing requirements.

The FDA has stated that serious medical problems developing from these products is unlikely, it is advised that consumers stop using the products and use generic alternatives instead.

For additional information, see the FDA website or the McNeil website.

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