Bacterial contamination found in the recalled Tylenol products

May 5th, 2010 - 10:52 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, May 5 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A report of the Food and Drug administration said that all the Tylenol products that were recalled, were made of ingredients that were contaminated with bacteria. The FDA officials also added that none of the finished products however tested positive for the bacterial contamination, but they did add that the testing was not conclusive and definite. “We think the risk to consumers at this point is remote,” said Deborah Autor, director of FDA’s drug compliance office.

The FDA officials had inspected the factory and they were surprised to find that the company was bereft of even a single laboratory to test the various ingredients, that are used in the drugs. They were also shocked to see that the company had no policy to follow up on the customer complaints too. The FDA report also added that the company also didn’t bother to investigate about 46 complaints, that they had received last year, in which the consumers had complained about ‘dark or black specks’ in the Tylenol products.

It may be recalled that McNeil Consumer Healthcare has issued a recall for Benadryl, Motrin, Zyrtec, Tylenol and Tylenol Plus. This recall is part of 40 children medicine’s that have been taken off from the stores, as they failed to meet the stringent quality standards. The recalls are in effect in United States, Canada and 10 other countries as well. However in Canada only a few children medications are part of the recall like Children’s Tylenol Cough & Runny Nose liquid suspension, Children’s Motrin and infants Motrin liquid suspension.

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