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P&G recalls nasal spray, mouthwash

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CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co. is voluntarily recalling its four-hour decongestant nasal spray under the Vicks and Sinex brands and some its Scope Original Mint and Scope Peppermint mouthwash.

P&G said late Thursday that it’s taking the precautionary step with the nasal spray after finding that the product formulation may not meet the expiration dates on the package. The company noted that the recall didn’t result from consumer complaints, and it’s removing the product in question from store shelves.

The affected nasal spray product is VapoSpray 4-Hour Nasal Spray by Sinex (UPC code 3 23900 00082 7) and, prior to June 2009, the product was also sold as Sinex Nasal Spray in both a spray (UPC code 3 23900 00082 7) and a Sinex Ultra Fine Mist package (UPC code 3 23900 00085 8). Consumers who have product with those UPC codes and marked with an expiration date prior to June 2013 should discard the affected product, P&G said.

On Friday, P&G announced a voluntary recall in the United States and Canada of what it called "a small percentage" of 1-liter bottles of Scope Original Mint and Scope Peppermint mouthwash, citing malfunctioning child-resistant caps.

The company said it is taking this precautionary step after finding that the child-resistant cap doesn’t work in some bottles. The affected products have a number 4 on the bottom of the bottle to the far right of the recycling symbol.

Consumers can also attempt to twist the cap open, and if the cap opens too easily without squeezing the tabs on the side of the cap, it is defective, P&G stated. On a properly functioning bottle, there will be resistance if a consumer tries to twist off the cap without squeezing the tabs on the cap. On the malfunctioning bottle, the cap can be twisted off without squeezing the tabs on the cap.

P&G is removing the affected bottles from store shelves and has informed the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada. The company is advising consumers who wish to continue to use the product to do so as directed, taking extra care to keep it out of the reach of children.

*Editor’s Note: Article updated June 25 with information on Scope recall.


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