Did you hear about the Recall of Children’s Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets and Junior Strength Motrin caplets

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of all product lots of Children's BENADRYL® Allergy FASTMELT® Tablets, in cherry and grape flavors, that were distributed in the United States, Belize, Barbados, Canada, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and St. Thomas and all product lots of Junior Strength MOTRIN® Caplets, 24 count, that were distributed in the United States.

Though the company claims that "No action is required by consumers or healthcare providers and consumers can continue to use the product." would you want to give this to your kids?

Not me.

You can address questions (and furious comments!) to the McNeil Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time.)


CPSC & FDA Warn Against Sleep Positioners

Why did anybody ever think that these were a good idea?!

When did parents get so neurotic about keeping their children sleeping on their backs that they began to resort to what basically amounts to a vise?  Yes, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends putting babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS, but the risk is considered much less great once babies are able to roll over on their own steam.  If you have one of these ridiculous items, please toss it right away and do not look back!


CPSC and the FDA are warning parents and child care providers to:


  • STOP
    using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or
    her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.

Similac Infant Formula Recalled due to Beetle infestation

Abbot Laboratories, the makers of Similac infant Formula, have announced a voluntary recall of about 5 million containers of their powder formula.  The reason? Brace yourself.

You know how people always make those dumb cracks about kids who eat bugs getting extra protein?

Pieces of beetles and beetle larvae were found both in the formula and in the plant that produces the formula. Ewwwww.

According the the FDA, there should be "no immediate health risk" to babies who have consumed this formula, but could experience symptoms of "gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract." 


Repurposing tainted eggs?!

Need another reason to avoid processed foods?

According to NBC, The Iowa company which is responsible for the massive egg recall has announced that they will be pasteurizing them, turning them into 'liquid eggs' and using them in a variety of products.

The FDA insists that this is perfectly safe, and I assume that it is…if the companies in question actually do a  thorough job pasteurizing them.

I just can't get past the ick factor on this one.

Do you need to toss the eggs in your fridge? Details of the ongoing egg recall

As you may have heard, there has been a massive, ongoing egg recall.

For your panicking pleasure, here are the latest details from the FDA:

Shell Eggs Recall Product List

How can I tell if my eggs have been recalled?

Playing it Safe with Eggs

Basically, you should check your fridge for the recalled companies and lot numbers.

You should also cook eggs thoroughly (particularly for your kids!) and and wash your hands after before and after handling eggs (though, you should really do that whenever you are handling food.)

Oh, and buy organic and all-natural eggs doesn't hurt–the recall doesn't seem to be affecting those companies.

Another Update on Tylenol,Motrin, Zyrtec Recall (7/15/10)

The McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of Johnson & Johnson (scary how much conglomerates like Johnson & Johnson own–isn't it?!) just announced that they will be laying off about 300 employees at their Fort Washington, Pennsylvania factory as a result of all of the quality overhaul that is taking place.

I'm assuming that this is supposed to make customers feel better…but it doesn't really make me feel better–does it work for you?  Now, on top of being worried about the quality of children's products, I also feel terrible about all those people who now have no jobs.  How many of them are actually high up enough on the totem pole of Johnson & Johnson to suffer for this fiasco?

Ah generics, how much do I love thee 🙂