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House committee delays second hearing of McNeil recall probe

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON One day following the announcement of a second hearing regarding McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalls, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday announced the postponement of that second hearing in order “to examine the circumstances surrounding recalls of medicines recently recalled by Johnson & Johnson.”

Anew date has not been set.

Last week, McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced that four lots of Benadryl allergy ultratab tablets (100 count) and one lot of Extra Strength Tylenol rapid-release gels (50 count) would be added to its initial Jan. 15 product recall. This recall, McNeil said, is a follow-up to the product recall because the products were inadvertently omitted from the initial recall action.

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Bi-Lo wants shoppers’ health, wellness to ‘thrive’

BY Michael Johnsen

GREER, S.C. Bi-Lo earlier this month coordinated the introduction of its new health-and-wellness initiative called Thrive, which includes a full-time registered dietician on staff to educate shoppers on healthy living alternatives, at the “Grand Re-Opening” of one of its remodeled stores.

Monica Amburn has been tapped to spearhead Bi-Lo’s efforts to offer nutrition and wellness solutions, as well as to provide healthy living alternatives and help shoppers and their families achieve a balanced way of life, the company stated. In addition to interacting with customers in stores and at Bi-Lo-sponsored events, Amburn also will produce a quarterly newsletter featuring healthy eating tips, recipes and other seasonal facts and guidelines.

“Today’s consumers are taking a more active role in managing wellness for themselves and their families,” Amburn said. “Being from the South, I understand the heritage of southern cooking. I’m excited to combine my knowledge and experience in nutrition and healthy eating with the fresh, quality products Bi-Lo offers each and every day.”

Added Michael Byars, Bi-Lo president and CEO, “We are delighted to have [Ambum] on board to help assist our customers and to bring the Thrive program to all Bi-Lo shoppers. The addition of Thrive is just one more example of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

As for the new remodel, shoppers can expect to see a big difference from the moment they arrive in the parking lot — a warmer, richer color palette and decor envelop the store, and upgrades have been made to all of the departments, the grocer noted.

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McNeil unviels commemorative keepsake case for e.p.t.

BY Michael Johnsen

SKILLMAN, N.J. According to a recent survey commissioned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, finding out they were pregnant was a moment so special that 67% of expectant mothers saved their at-home pregnancy test, and more than 3-in-4 moms and expectant mothers would likely save it if they had a keepsake case to put it in.

McNeil on Tuesday announced the introduction of a commemorative keepsake case and scrapbook card from e.p.t., the company’s home pregnancy testing brand, that will be available with a mail-in proof of purchase.

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