Johnson & Johnson Recalls Infant Motrin Due to Plastic Specks

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WASHINGTON -- Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is recalling 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula due to the risk that they contain tiny plastic particles.

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 1-877-414-7709.

The recalled Motrin was manufactured at the company's plant in Beerse, Belgium. McNeil's primary 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.

Friday's announcement is the latest in about 40 product recalls announced by the New Brunswick, N.J.-based health care conglomerate since 2009.

In 2013 alone, J&J has recalled: millions of oral contraceptive due to flawed tablets, Adept hip implants that were failing and had to be replaced prematurely, OneTouch VerioIQ blood glucose meters that shut off rather than issuing a warning when blood sugar levels get dangerously high, Children's Tylenol made in South Korea that contained too much acetaminophen and versions of K-Y Jelly personal lubricant that potentially never got required regulatory approval.

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Very poor choice of illustrations! Motrin is NOT APPROVED for use in children under 6 months of age!

September 07 2013 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Johnson and Johnson has terrible quality control, I buy nothing from them.

September 07 2013 at 8:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone ever read the articles correctly anymore. They were made in Belgium.

September 07 2013 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Any reason why the Journalist would mention recalled hips and not look at the reasons behind J & J pulling it's Transvaginal Surgical Mesh off the market voluntarily? This company is about $$ not about helping people anymore.

September 07 2013 at 7:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Check where the product is maid. We dont buy J and J bandaides anymore because they are made in China. Buy america made or dont buy.

September 07 2013 at 6:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Folks, the article clearly states that the product was made in Belgium. Even so, I am beginning to have real fears regarding J&J products and my soon to arrive grandchild.

September 07 2013 at 4:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


September 07 2013 at 1:42 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ame5735008's comment

You are barking up the wrong tree. It is Walmart that has forced companies to take their products to China to be made cheaper. Walmart Which is the leading consumer or buyer of their products tells them we want your baby aspirin and we are paying x amount which chances are it cannot be done or made in the united states so it has to go to like a china or somewhere where it can be made dirt cheap. Walmart dictates this as being the leading company ordering the most. Consumers educate yourself.

September 07 2013 at 1:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oops.should have said "and be sent back to U.S. as chicken nuggets?"

September 06 2013 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am curious, were these processed in the same place(China) the FDA just approved chickens be shipped to, processed and be sent back to?

September 06 2013 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is actually sad. A once respected brand name has let greed and laziness destroy its once fine reputation. Remember, in 2010 Johnson & Johnson recalled a pile of children's medications as well as Mylanta. Mylanta had alcohol in the flavoring and didn't list it and the children's meds did not meet manufacturing standards. Then in 2012, they recalled grape Tylenol syrup for children as well. I would not buy a Johnson and Johnson product again.

September 06 2013 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mgoose811's comment

Agreed, Rolaids were taken off of the markets a few years back because they were full of contaminants due to very poor quality control. I buy nothing from them.

September 07 2013 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply