Wednesday, January 27, 2010

There's a tussle brewing between Tylenol maker Johnson & Johnson and makers of a shipping about the foul odor problem that is at the root of a recent recall of Tylenol and other products.

An undisclosed number of containers of Tylenol, Motrin and other over-the-counter drugs were recalled earlier this month after consumers complained of feeling sick from an "unusual" odor.


"In a letter sent Jan. 22 to Johnson & Johnson's CEO William Welson, and obtained by, the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) said McNeil's statement has "caused immense damage to the industry."

The chemical in question is called "2,4,6-tribromoanisole" or TBA. It results from a breakdown of another chemical called "tribromophenol" or TBP, which is used in some countries as a preservative on wooden pallets But TBP is not approved for use in the United States.

"There are more than 1.2 billion pallets in service in the United States each day. To the best of our knowledge, wood pallets and containers have never been the source of either TBA or TBP," NWPCA president Bruce Scholnick said in the letter."

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