It has become a trend this year Johnson & Johnson to have a product recall. For the ninth time (9th), the company would be recalling their pain reliever Tylenol voluntarily because of complaints about a strange, musty odor. About 128,000 bottles of 50-count Tylenol 8 Hour Caplets would be recalled according to Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Health division.
“McNeil is taking this action following a small number of complaints of a musty or moldy odor,” McNeil said in the statement. The awful odor is believed to be caused by the chemical 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). It also the chemical which has linked the stomach problems complained by consumers last December and January resulting to recall of nearly 60 million bottles of Tylenol Arthritis Relief Caplets. Fortunately, the stomach problem has been found to be not serious. The chemical is a product from the breakdown of a chemical in wood pallets used to transport and store the packaging materials for the bottles.
The company has been asked if there would be further recalls to their products involving the chemical TBA but they didn’t give a comment about it. The company has assured that they would keep a surveillance to the chemical as of the moment. Last April, J&J had the largest of children’s medicine in history which has involved 136 million bottles of Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec and Benadryl.