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December 14, 2010

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, has announced a recall of Rolaids products due to reports of foreign materials, including pieces of metal and wood.

Consumers use Rolaids products for the relief of heartburn, acid indigestion, sour stomach and gas.

According to an FDA release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, McNeil initiated the recall after consumer complaints of foreign materials in the products. An investigation by McNeil found that introduction of the foreign materials may have occurred during the manufacturing process at a third party manufacturer.

Affected by this recall are all lots of Rolaids Extra Strength Softchews, Rolaids Extra Strength plus Gas Softchews, and Rolaids Multi-Symptom plus Anti-Gas Softchews distributed nationwide.

Consumers can determine if their Rolaids products is under recall by using this full list of recalled Rolaids.

McNeil advises that consumers should stop using these products immediately. Anyone with medical concerns regarding these products should seek medical care and report any adverse effects to the FDA’s MedWatch Program at www. Fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm or by calling 1-800-332-1088.

Consumers may call 1-888-222-6036 with questions or for refund instructions.

Manufacturing of these recalled Rolaids products has been halted until McNeil implements corrective actions to prevent this occurring in the future.

J&J’s McNeil has recalled millions of products in the past year due to quality control issues in manufacturing.

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