Tylenol recalls arthritis pain product

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The makers of a Tylenol-brand pain reliever have expanded a recall effort that began in November.

Working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, McNeil Consumer Healthcare is expanding its recall to include all lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet (acetaminophen) 100-count bottles with "EZ-Open Cap," noted the government in a press release today.

In November, five lots of the product were recalled due to consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

The smell has been attributed to trace amounts of a chemical a breakdown of chemicals used to treat the wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials

The recall does not affect any other Tylenol Arthritis Pain products. A full list of the recalled lots can be found

The uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, which is believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare says it will reintroduce the product next month after moving production to a new facility

Consumers who purchased the product — with the distinctive red cap — from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact the company for instructions on a refund or replacement. For more information call 1-888-222-6036 or go to www.tylenol.com. People with medical concerns or questions should contact their health-care provider.

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