TRI-CITIES, Wash. - The Food and Drug Administration reported that metal fragments were found in some bottles of acetaminophen. 11 million bottles have been recalled.
Acetaminophen is used in generic versions of Tylenol but FDA said the brand name pills are not affected, however some of the store brands of acetaminophen are potentially unsafe.
Walmart, Fred Meyer, Winco, Albertsons and Safeway are among dozens of stores that could have the tainted pills on their shelves.
The FDA said the recall affects bottles containing various amounts of 500-milligram caplets.
Perrigo Spokesman Ernie Schenk said, "We are working closely with the stores to get them off the shelves and we don't think anyone has been affected."
The Perrigo representatives said they discovered metal bits in a small percentage of the pills during routine safety checks and said one contained a tiny wire, about third of an inch long.
Malley's Pharmacist Judy Voyless said, "It could cause some problems, if it's a large piece of metal and you are swallowing it, I think, medically that could be an emergency."
The FDA said there is some risk of serious illness however, the person would most likely experience stomach discomfort or maybe a cut in their mouth or throat.
Voyless said, "If there's any concern they should bring it back to the store where they bought it."
On each bottle there is a lot number near the expiration date. If you are concerned, check the lot number with a complete list of recalled bottles at the following website: www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/perrigo/perrigobatchlist.html