Makers of Children’s Tylenol McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, were prosecuted after metal contaminants were found in Infants’ and children’s liquid Tylenol.
The company agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve the case, and acknowledged a failure to take corrective action.
Metal particles including nickel, iron and chromium, contaminated the medicine during the manufacturing process, at McNeil’s processing plant in Fort Washington. Prosecutors argued that McNeil knew about the problem for close to a year, but failed to take steps to resolve.
McNeil first found out about the metal contamination problem in may 2009, after a customer complained about black specs in the bottle of Infants’ Tylenol.
The company plead guilty to the federal criminal charge placed against it, that it knowingly sold over-the-counter infant’s and children’s liquid medicine containing metal.
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