Another Tylenol Recall

There’s another Tylenol recall. This time it is the company’s 8 Hour Caplets 50 Count, lot number BCM155. McNeil is recalling TYLENOL 8 Hour caplets 50 count bottles from retail shelves following a number of complaints about an odor being emitted from the bottles.

This unhealthy odor is a moldy, musty smell that has been linked to trace amounts of the chemical known as 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole. To date, several people have reported illnesses due to taking the affected lot. While these illnesses have not been life threatening, it is still important to protect the public from harm. The types of symptoms that were reported include: nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Typically, 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole is a chemical treatment used for wooden pallets. 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole is a contaminant in the affected Tylenol lots. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole is a common agent that is in harmful foods. 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole is created by interaction of the fungus Paecilomyces variotii with the fungicide 2, 4, 6-tribromophenol.

The most recent lots are not the only ones that have been recalled by Tylenol in recent times.  Several other recalls have been initiated in the past because of contaminants, including, the January recall of six million bottles of Arthritis pain caplets due to 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole.

McNeil believes that the risk of injury from use of the affected Tylenol product is remote. However, the effects of 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole on humans has not be fully studied. In fact, not much is known about the interaction of Tylenol active ingredients with 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole.

In any case, consumers should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare at www.tylenol.com or by calling 1-888-222-6036 to receive a refund or product coupon.

Burton Padove, Indiana and Illinois lawyer,  is available to help those who are injured because of products that are recalled. He can be reached at (877) 446 5294.