Millions of Rolaids Recalled After Bits of Metal, Wood Are Found

Rolaids recallJohnson & Johnson's troubled McNeil subsidiary announced a recall of more than 13 million packages of Rolaids because of consumer reports of metal and wood particles in the products.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, which makes non-prescription drugs such as Tylenol and Benadryl, said it was pulling all lots of Rolaids off the shelves while it investigates how the foreign materials got into the medicines. It said the products were potentially contaminated during the manufacturing process at a third-party manufacturer.The recalled products include Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength plus Gas Softchews and Rolaids Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas Softchews. The announcement comes less than a month after McNeil recalled a single lot of cherry-flavored Rolaids chews.

This is the latest in a string of recalls of over-the-counter drugs issued over the last year by the New Brunswick, N.J.,-based company, including Tylenol, Benadryl and Motrin. Last month, McNeil recalled millions of Children's Benadryl and Motrin packages due to unspecified product quality issues, also attributed to the manufacturing of the drugs.

McNeil said that although the risk of adverse reactions to the tainted medicines is remote, it is advising consumers who have purchased any of the chews to stop using them. Consumers can also contact McNeil by calling 1-888-222-6036, or go to its recall site to apply for a refund.

The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration, the company said.
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