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    >>> the drugmaker johnson and johnson is expanding its own voluntary recall of one of its tylenol products. it is pulling tylenol arthritis caplets, the 100 count bottles with the red so-called easy open cap. this comes after consumer complaints of a smell of mold on the product that apparently caused nausea and caused stomach pain as well.

updated 12/29/2009 9:43:36 PM ET 2009-12-30T02:43:36

Johnson & Johnson is expanding a voluntary recall of Tylenol Arthritis Caplets due to consumer reports of a moldy smell that can cause nausea and sickness.

According to a statement posted to the Food and Drug Administration Web site late Monday, the New Brunswick, N.J., company is now recalling all product lots of the Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the red EZ-Open Cap.

Johnson & Johnson had recalled five lots of the product last month after consumers complained of a musty, mildew-like odor that triggered nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

The health care company said the odor results from trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole. That chemical is believed to result from the breakdown of another chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials.

To date, the side effects, which also include vomiting and diarrhea, have been "temporary and non-serious," although the health effects of the compound have not been studied.

The recall only affects the specific lots cited. All other Tylenol Arthritis pain products remain available.

The company will reintroduce Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets 100 count by January after moving production to a new facility.

Consumers seeking a refund or replacement can call J&J at 1-888-222-6036. Additional information on the recall can be found online at Tylenol's Web site.

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