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Over-the-counter childrens' medicines recalled

From Deborah Brunswick, CNN
  • Johnson & Johnson cites "insufficiencies ... in the manufacturing process"
  • 4 million packages of cherry- and grape-flavored children's Benadryl tablets recalled
  • 800,000 bottles of junior-strength Motrin, 71,000 packages of Rolaids recalled
  • Not a "consumer-level recall" so consumers do not have to take action

(CNN) -- Health-care product giant Johnson & Johnson issued a massive recall of over-the-counter children's medicines on Tuesday, according to company spokeswoman Bonnie Jacobs.

Four million packages of cherry- and grape-flavored children's Benadryl tablets and 800,000 bottles of junior-strength Motrin were recalled after "insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process" were discovered at the wholesale and retail levels, according to a company statement.

"This is not a consumer-level recall so consumers do not have to take any kind of action," Jacobs told CNN. "The recall is related to problems in the manufacturing process, not the product quality."

The medicines were created at a production facility in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, the statement said.

The company also recalled some 71,000 packages of cherry-flavored Rolaids tablets following consumer complaints describing "uncharacteristic consistency or texture, traced to crystallized sugar in the product."

The company issued a separate recall of over-the-counter children's medicine in April, suspending production and prompting a congressional investigation into the recall.

The products recalled in Tuesday's announcement are identified as cherry- and grape-flavored Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets, Junior Strength Motrin caplets, and cherry-flavored Extra Strength Rolaids Softchews.