The Tylenol product recall for a chemical smell and contamination of the pills inside the plastic containers seems improbable, if not impossible. Consider for instance how the pills are packaged and how this packaging could allow a chemical to penetrate to the pills inside.
CONTAMINATION BY LEACHING SEEMS IMPROBABLE
How can a chemical on a wooden pallet leach up through a base protective material, a cardboard box, smaller cardboard boxes that contain other smaller boxes and finally a plastic container with a foil cover glued in place holding the pills? Does this make sense to anyone? Not me. I'm going to guess the final explanation will point towards the manufacturing, not the shipping process.
Why the chemical was ever next to the packages is important, but it raises further questions about how the chemical comes into contact with the pills. The explanation doesn't explain how a chemical on a pallet can leach through so many layers of the package materials. Any explanation of why the chemical is on the pallet is important but doesn’t explain how that chemical gets through the packing materials. What is the explanation of how what is sprayed on the pallets ends up on the pills?
WHAT IS THE CHEMICAL THAT ACTUALLY CONTAMINATES THE PILLS
- What is the makeup of the chemical being sprayed on the pallets?
- How much of this material is on the pallets?
The explanation still makes no sense. How much of this material is on the pallets? And is it sprayed on after the product is packaged and on the pallets? The explanation still makes no sense. A quick search of the InjuryBoard for Tylenol posts produces the posts listed below.
IS IT THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, WHO DID WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND HOW?
The lack of explanation has to raise more serious questions for consumers, American business owners and the U.S. Government. Does McNeil even know what is really going on with the manufacturer and the manufacturing process? Frankly we all should be more than concerned about how this occurred.
WHAT'S MCNEIL SAYING TO EXPLAIN WHERE, WHAT, WHY, WHEN AND HOW?
BACK TO THE BASCIS - ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS AND GET THE RIGHT ANSWERS
WHERE DID THE PILLS GET CONTAMINATED?
WHAT CONTAMINATED THE PILLS?
WHEN DID THE PILLS GET CONTAMINATED?
WHO CONTAMINATED THE PILLS?
HOW DID THEY CONTAMINATE THE PILLS?
The recall page doesn’t explain the how, what, when, who and where; only whether the pills in your cupboard may be contaminated. Below is the recall “explanation” that fails to identify the manufacturing plant location or to explain how the contamination occurred. Intelligent people want to know. Manufacturers need to ask more questions as do those responsible for packaging and delivery. This is not an explanation; it's a call to action.
CONSUMER INQUIRIES: 1-888-222-6036 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, and Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST)
MCNEIL CONSUMER HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CERTAIN OVER-THE-COUNTER (OTC) PRODUCTS IN THE AMERICAS, UAE, AND FIJI
Fort Washington, PA (January 15, 2010) In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is voluntarily recalling certain lots of OTC products in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Fiji (FULL RECALLED PRODUCT LIST BELOW). The company is initiating this recall following an investigation of consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that, in a small number of cases, was associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal events. These include nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. This precautionary action is voluntary and has been taken in consultation with the FDA.
Based on this investigation, McNeil Consumer Healthcare has determined that the reported uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). This can result from the breakdown of a chemical that is sometimes applied to wood that is used to build wood pallets that transport and store product packaging materials. The health effects of this chemical have not been well studied but no serious events have been documented in the medical literature. A small number of the product lots being recalled were associated with the complaints of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor, and some of these lots were found to contain trace amounts of TBA. In December 2009, McNeil Consumer Healthcare also recalled all lots of TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain 100 count with EZ-OPEN CAP related to this issue. McNeil Consumer Healthcare has now applied broader criteria to identify and remove all product lots that it believes may have the potential to be affected, even if they have not been the subject of consumer complaints.
In addition to the product recall, McNeil Consumer Healthcare is continuing their investigation into this issue and is taking further actions that include ceasing shipment of products produced using materials shipped on these wood pallets and requiring suppliers who ship materials to our plants to discontinue the use of these pallets. We will continue to closely monitor and evaluate the situation and consult with the FDA.
Consumers who purchased product from the lots included in this recall should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for instructions on a refund or replacement. For these instructions or information regarding how to return or dispose of the product, consumers should log on to the internet at www.mcneilproductrecall.com or call 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time). Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact their healthcare provider. Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
And on the InjuryBoard here are some related posts.
Tylenol, Motrin Recall for Unusual Odor, Jane Akre, January 2010
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So let's start with this question, what manufacturing plant is responsible for the contamination?
And is it sprayed on after the product is loaded and on the pallets?