Cold and Allergy Products Added to Recall

Cold and allergy products manufactured by McNeil Consumer Healthcare for another company have been added to the list of products recalled after problems were uncovered at McNeil's Fort Washington, PA, plant. According to a press release posted at FDA's Web site, Blacksmith Brands Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of four children's products in the PediaCare line. The four PediaCare items involved in the recall are:

1. PediaCare Multi-Symptom Cold 4oz. UPC # 3 0045-0556-05 9.

2. PediaCare Long Acting Cough 4oz. UPC# 3 0045-0465-04 7.

3. PediaCare Decongestant 4oz. UPC# 3 0045-0554-04 8.

4. PediaCare Allergy and Cold 4oz. UPC# 3 0045-0552-04 4

The company says in the press release that it hasn't heard of any consumer reports of adverse events or complaints, but is taking the action because of concerns over other non-PediaCare products made at the McNeil plant.

"We're taking this voluntary step because protecting consumers and maintaining their trust are essential to our company's core values," said Blacksmith Brands Chairman and CEO Peter Mann in the press release. "Our brands have a heritage that has made them the favorites of millions of families and we are the guardians of that heritage."

Blacksmith Brands will move manufacturing to new facilities and should resume shipments in July.

According to the press release, "items not involved in this recall are PediaCare Allergy 4oz., PediaCare Gentle Vapors Plug in Units, and PediaCare Gentle Vapors refills, all of which are produced in other facilities," the firm reports.

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