Latest Update on Tylenol Recall: FDA Confirmed a Bacterial Involvement

Lately, Tylenol recall has shocked everyone. McNeil Consumer Healthcare has just released a recall statement in its various children’s medicines last April 30, 2010. The reason for this recall was that the FDA inspectors found thick dust and grime covering certain equipment, a hole in the ceiling and duct tape-covered pipes at the Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

Just recently, May 5, 2010, FDA has confirmed that a bacteria identified to be Burkholderia cepacia has been found at the Johnson & Johnson plant. This bacteria is known to be resistant to common antibiotics. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), B. cepacia is the name for a group of bacteria that can be found in soil and water. Although the bacteria was only found on some drums used by its vendor to transport the raw materials, those contaminated drums never reached the Fort-Washington, PA-plant that made the recalled drugs.

“Remaining drums from that lot were sent to us, all of which tested negative for bacteria. Samples of finished product also tested negative,” said Johnson & Johnson spokesman Marc Boston.

“Still, the FDA felt there was the potential for contamination and that a recall of all of these products was prudent to protect the public health. Once again we advise that consumers not use these McNeil products at this time.”

Tylenol is a North American brand of drugs for relieving pain, reducing fever, and relieving the symptoms of allergies, cold, cough, and flu. The active ingredient of its original, flagship product, acetaminophen (called “paracetamol” outside North America), is marketed as an analgesic and antipyretic.

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