The recalled bottles of mouthwash also lack the following statement, “This Package for Households without Young Children,” as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PDF). The mouthwash contains ethyl alcohol which can be toxic and lead to serious injury or death if ingested by young children.
To this date, there have been no reports of injury. But when it comes to our children we can never be too safe.
One liter size bottles of Scope Original Mint and Scope Peppermint Mouthwash are involved in this recall. All recalled bottles have the number 4 on the bottom. Consumers with young children that are concerned about the recall can try twisting the cap open. If the cap opens too easily without squeezing the tabs on the cap, the bottle is defective.
On a properly functioning bottle, there will be resistance if the consumer tries to twist off the cap without squeezing the tabs on the cap.
Please note, the mouthwash itself is not defective, so consumers may continue using it, taking special care to keep it out of reach of children, the company said. However, concerned consumers with young children can contact P&G for a refund or replacement coupon.
For more information, contact P&G at 877) 340-8825. Or visit their Web site at www.scopemouthwash.com.
In 2008, several consumer complaints circled the Web claiming Crest Mouthwash, by P&G, caused brown spots on their teeth, burning gums and in some cases loss of taste.