​Tylenol Maker Guilty of Selling Contaminated Children's Medicine

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This is all kinds of crazy: A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has admitted to selling Infant Tylenol contaminated with metal. The case has resulted in wide recalls, while the manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, has coughed up $25 million and promised to clean up their act. Still, many parents may be wondering: are these baby meds safe? Can this company be trusted?


It all began in 2009, when an consumer complained of black specks in a bottle of Infant's Tylenol. Those particles were found to be nickel, iron and chromium, and although no reports have surfaced of injuries, that sure doesn't sound good!

Nonetheless, the manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare, knowingly kept these contaminated bottles on the market for a year before they issued a massive recall of millions of bottles of infant and children's liquid meds, and other products.

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Meanwhile, an investigation by the FDA revealed that the manufacturing plant was an unhygienic mess, and has since been closed.

Leery of buying another bottle of Infant or Children's Tylenol? We totally get it! It's sad to see that the very thing we hope will help our sick kids feel better could be undermining their health. I'm also horrified how long it took for justice to be served: six years. Seriously?

But I guess the semi-good news is that McNeil is currently working with the FDA to raise the bar on their manufacturing standards with increased inspections and oversight. So, that's certainly a step in the right direction, and should soothe parents' concerns, at least somewhat.

How do you feel about buying infant or children's Tylenol now?


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