Just what was going on at that Pennsylvania plant that made children’s Tylenol? Apparently the plant had been shrinking its work force while failing to train contract and temporary employees, reports the Chicago Tribune .
McNeil, the division of Johnson & Johnson that made children’s Tylenol, may face criminal action, reports The New York Times . In case you missed it, “McNeil voluntarily recalled more than 136 million bottles of liquid pediatric Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec because they may have contained too much of the active ingredient of the drug, metal specks or inactive ingredients that failed testing requirements.”
Other stuff that came out of a hearing last week:
“McNeil hired a contractor to quietly remove packages of Motrin from retailers for suspected quality problems.” In effect, the whole thing was a massive, silent recall.
The whole point of herbal supplements is that they’re natural. I’m just guessing here, but I don’t think customers want lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic or pesticides in their supplements.
But a Congressional investigation found these nasty contaminants in herbal dietary supplements, reports The New York Times . The metals were at least below what is considered the danger threshold – though there is no safe level for lead or cadmium. Worse, 16 of 40 of the tested supplements contained illegal levels of pesticide.
The American Academy of Pediatrics wants labels on foods that are known choking hazards, reports The New York Times . Before you dismiss this whole story, about 60 percent of choking incidents treated at hospitals are caused by food.
In one case, a Marine couldn’t save his 23-month-old daughter after she choked on an unpopped popcorn kernel. Another dangerous food: hot dogs, which are a leading cause of choking.
My wife will be the first to admit that she feared our kids drowning at a young age. That’s why I wanted to teach them to swim as soon as possible.
Living in Chicago for two crucial years and intense resistance from my kids delayed meeting that goal until just recently, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced that children from 1-4 years of age are less likely to drown if they receive formalized swimming lessons at a young age, reports The News-Gazette .
Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages 1-19.