Johnson & Johnson’s Voluntary Recall of Infants’ and Children’s Liquid Tylenol

A recent article reported that the McNeil unit of Johnson & Johnson has issued a voluntary recall of 57 lots of liquid Tylenol products, intended for use on infants and children, due to a plausible bacterial contamination. Many parents are shocked to learn that the reputable company revealed that a B. cepacia bacterium was found in a portion of raw material that went unused in the finished product.

Although no bacteria were discovered in the finished product that reached consumers, Johnson & Johnson decided to recall the products as a precautionary measure after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration. As skilled Seattle product liability attorneys, we believe it is better to be safe than sorry in instances such as these, especially when the lives of infants and young children are involved.

According to the report, the recalled products were manufactured between April and June and are made-up of almost two dozen varieties that include Infants’ Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops ¼ oz., Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Grape, and Children’s Tylenol Plus Cold/Allergy 4 oz. Bubble Gum. Despite there being a very slim chance that any medical events will take place since the bacterium was not present in the finished products, the company released the following statement: “It was decided, as a precaution, to recall all product that utilized any of the raw material manufactured at the same time as the raw material that tested positive for the bacteria.”

Even though retailers and wholesalers have been notified regarding the recall, consumers with any questions regarding these products have been advised to call the McNeil consumer center at 1-800-962-5357. Also, to access a complete list of the recalled products and their designated lot numbers, consumers can visit Tylenol’s website at

A product can turn-out to be defective or pose danger due to being manufactured improperly, designed inaccurately, or if a manufacturer fails to uphold the duty of properly warning a consumer of any known danger. When a consumer suffers injury because of a defective product, he or she may be able to hold responsible manufacturing companies legally accountable for their negligence. The experienced Washington product liability attorneys at the Bernard Law Group have the knowledge and resources to handle such product liability cases. Contact the Bernard Law Group by calling 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.

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