After a rebuke by federal regulators for its slow response to consumer complaints, Johnson & Johnson has expanded its original recall of over-the-counter products.
The problem is a strong moldy smell and taste followed by nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
In addition to the Tylenol Arthritis Pain caplets, the recall now includes batches of regular, extra-strength and children’s Tylenol, Tylenol PM, Motrin and Children's Motrin, Simply Sleep, Benadryl, Rolaids and St. Joseph aspirin. A full list of products affected by the recall is available on the company’s website.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly sent a warning letter to McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson, saying that the company knew about the problem as early as 2008 but was slow to investigate and respond. The company has 15 days to reply.
The agency said about 70 people had noticed or been sickened by the strange odor.