House probing possible second secret recall by Johnson & Johnson

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Congress is investigating whether Johnson & Johnson carried out a second secret recall of faulty pain relievers last year, as a major probe of a dozen J&J recalls escalates.

In the first such recall, packets of possibly defective Motrin were quietly bought from stores across the U.S. in spring 2009.

E-mails released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform show a contractor hired for that job wrote to colleagues that J&J was considering a "similar but potentially larger recall for July involving Children's Tylenol." It's still unknown whether that happened.

A source close to the investigation tells The Associated Press the panel has learned a former J&J employee falsely claimed federal regulators approved the first secret recall.

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