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Rash of Tylenol recalls not over

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil Consumer Healthcare on Tuesday initiated another recall at the retail level of one product lot (60,912 bottles) of Tylenol extra strength caplets in 225-count bottles because of a small number of odor reports, including a musty, moldy odor.

The uncharacteristic musty, moldy odor has been linked to the presence of trace amounts of a chemical known as 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA).

The product lot number (ABA619) for the recalled product can be found on the side of the bottle label. The recalled product was manufactured in February 2009.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration, McNeil stated.

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Celebrating red, white and pink: Pepto-Bismol to sponsor annual hot dog eating contest

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Pepto-Bismol once again is sponsoring the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y.

As part of its sponsorship, the brand has tapped celebrity Nick Cannon to grill hot dogs for the contest and serve contestants Pepto-Bismol to keep them going, the brand said. What’s more, Pepto-Bismol also is the official sponsor of the women’s competition, marking the first time female contestants’ talents will be showcased in a separate contest.

"Pepto-Bismol loves the new twist on the Nathan’s contest and jumped at the chance to be a part of the event," said Kristen Stutz, assistant brand manager at Procter & Gamble. "Regardless of who is competing, Nathan’s is the epitome of summer celebrations, and we want to make sure people know if they happen to eat one too many hot dogs or chicken wings at their summer events, Pepto has their backs."

For more information, visit Facebook.com/PeptoBismol.

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Abbott Diabetes Care reports blood-glucose monitoring products stolen

BY Allison Cerra

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Abbott Diabetes Care reported Friday that a shipment of blood-glucose monitoring products was reported stolen from a shipping carrier facility in Louisville, Ky., on June 19.

The drug maker said it was working with the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement officials to retrieve the shipment, which includes tens of thousands of items, and is advising practitioners, pharmacies and consumers to purchase Abbott Diabetes Care blood-glucose monitoring products only from well-established, trusted and reputable sources.

The products that are part of the stolen shipment include FreeStyle, Precision, MediSense and UniStik blood-glucose monitoring items.

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