Urgent voluntary OTC product recall limited to ROLAIDS(R) ANTACID bottles in

MARKHAM, ON, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Today, McNeil Consumer Healthcare in the U.S., in consultation with the FDA, announced a voluntary recall of certain lots of OTC products in the Americas, UAE and Fiji. In Canada, the impact does not extend beyond ROLAIDS(R) ANTACID TABLETS packaged in bottles of 150 and 100 counts.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Canada), Division of Johnson & Johnson Inc., is voluntarily recalling bottles of ROLAIDS(R) ANTACID TABLETS manufactured in the US. The Canadian company is taking this voluntary action as a precaution following consumer reports of an unusual odor.

Based on an ongoing investigation, uncharacteristic odors have been linked back to certain wood pallets used in the transportation and storage of packaging materials used in the affected product. We have discontinued the use of these pallets to transport and store our packaging materials.

Consumers who have purchased bottles of ROLAIDS(R) ANTACID TABLETS should stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Canada) at 1-800-661-4659, Monday-Friday 8a.m. to 8p.m. EST for instructions on how to return or replace the product. Consumers can also log on to the internet at www.jnjcanada.com

About McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Canada):

McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Canada), Division of Johnson & Johnson Inc., markets a broad range of well known and trusted over the counter (OTC) products, including ROLAIDS(R), IMODIUM(R) AND ZANTAC(R).

    Lot numbers for the recalled products can be found on the side of the
bottle label.

    Description              DIN/NPN       UPC (EA)       LOT Numbers
    ROLAIDS(R) Regular       NPN 2239904   60093200206    AAA526, ACA014,
    Strength Original 150s                                ADA269, AFA052
    ROLAIDS(R) Regular       NPN 2239904   60093200213    ABA151, ABA400,
    Strength Spearmint 150s                               ABA401, ABA402,
                                                          AEA013, ALA257
    ROLAIDS(R) Extra         NPN 2240505   60093200237    SSA156, ABA398,
    Strength Freshmint                                    SSA236, ADA181,
    100s                                                  AHA044, AEA198
    ROLAIDS(R) Extra         NPN 2240505   60093200244    AAA249, ACA259,
    Strength Mixed Fruit                                  AEA196, AFA318,
    100s                                                  ALA133
    ROLAIDS(R) Multi-        DIN 2247314   60245200443    ABA535, AHA075
    Symptom Berry 100s


For further information: For further information: CONSUMER INQUIRIES: 1-800-661-4659 (Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST); MEDIA INQUIRIES: Tina Peyregatt, (905) 968-2028 (office), (416) 464-6091 (mobile)

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