RECALL: 11 Million Bottles Of Acetaminophen Mfr: Perrigo

Perrigo Co. is recalling 11 million bottles of over-the-counter, store-brand acetaminophen caplets after traces of metal were found in some of the products, federal health officials said on Thursday.

Various size bottles of 500-milligram caplets were distributed to stores such as Wal-Mart, Safeway, CVS and Food Lion.

Perrigo and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said no injuries or illness had been linked to the products.

Perrigo shares fell nearly 4 percent to $17.32 in morning trade on Nasdaq.

“Based on information currently available, the FDA believes the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote,” the agency said in a statement.

“However, if a consumer were to swallow an affected caplet, it could result in minor stomach discomfort and/or possible cuts to the mouth or throat,” the FDA said.

Consumers should stop using the recalled caplets and consult a doctor if they think they have been harmed, the agency added.

Perrigo discovered the problem by passing the pills through a metal detector during quality-control checks, the FDA said

“The frequency of occurrence is very low,” said John Hendrickson, executive vice president and general manager of Perrigo Consumer Healthcare.

The Allegan, Michigan, company — the world’s largest manufacturer of store-brand pharmaceutical and nutritional products — said the total cost of the recall is expected to be $2.9 million.

Perrigo said its recently reported fiscal first-quarter results will now include an after-tax charge of $667,000, or 1 cent a share, related to the recall, reducing its quarterly earnings to 18 cents a share. The company also reaffirmed its full-year earnings outlook.

A list of stores that carry brands potentially affected by the recall can be found at

The FDA said consumers can determine which bottles are included in the recall by checking batch numbers at


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