OTTAWA — Health Canada posted a warning Thursday for Canadians who might have purchased Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplets while in the United States.
The caplets aren’t sold in Canada, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told consumers earlier this week to stop using the 100-caplet bottles with a distinctive red EZ-Open cap sold in the U.S.
The manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, says consumers have reported an unusual mouldy, musty or mildew-like odour that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
The uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole. The source is believed to be the breakdown of a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials.
To date, the health effects reported to the manufacturer have been temporary and not serious.
Health Canada says the products haven’t been found in the Canadian marketplace, but it is possible they may have been brought into the country by travellers or purchased over the Internet.