Motrin Infants’ Drops recalled for possible contamination
WASHINGTON - Johnson & Johnson is recalling 200,000 bottles of
Motrin Infants formula due to the risk that they contain tiny plastic
J&J's McNeil unit said
Friday that the recall affects three lots of its popular Motrin Infants'
Drops Original Berry Flavor, which is used to lower fever and treat
aches and pains in children 2 years old and younger. The company warned
that the medicine may be contaminated with specs of PTFE, a plastic also
used in Teflon coatings. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to
date, according to the company.
McNeil says it's unclear if
the recalled bottles actually contain the particles, which were found in
a different product during the manufacturing process. The company
decided to issue the recall because both products contain the same
shipment of ibuprofen from a third-party supplier. Ibuprofen is a common
pain reliever and fever reducer, also used in Advil.
"From our perspective,
during the manufacturing process at the third party supplier, that's
when the particles got into the ibuprofen," said McNeil Vice President
Ed Kuffner, in an interview with the Associated Press. Kuffner declined
to identify the supplier that made the ibuprofen.
The recalled half-ounce bottles can be identified by their lot numbers: DCB3T01, DDB4R01 and DDB4S01.
McNeil is asking retailers
to take the affected products off store shelves. Consumers should stop
using the affected medicine and call the company for a refund at
The recalled Motrin was manufactured at the company's plant in Beerse, Belgium.
manufacturing plant in Fort Washington, Pa., has been closed since the
spring of 2010 after a string of recalls involving brands like Tylenol,
Motrin and Zyrtec. That included the recall of more than 136 million
children and infant over-the-counter medicines in April 2010, the
largest recall of its kind.