One liter bottles of Scope Original Mint Mouthwash are being recalled because Proctor & Gamble and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission say the bottles have malfunctioning child-resistant caps and are missing a hazard label.
The mouthwash, which contains ethyl alcohol, is supposed to have child-resistant caps and the warning "This package for households without young children," as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Ethyl alcohol is toxic and can cause serious injury or death if ingested by children.
Consumers are warned to keep the Scope bottles out of reach of children. Those who purchased the product with the expectation that it would be in child-resistant packaging can contact Procter & Gamble for a full refund or a replacement coupon. Adult consumers can continue to use the product as directed.
So far, there have been no reported injuries. The product safety commission said the recalled bottles have the number 4 on the bottom of the bottle. Consumers can check the bottle cap also. If the cap can be twisted off without squeezing the tabs on it, the package is not child-resistant.
The 35,000 bottles were sold nationwide at drugstores, grocery stores and other retailers between this past January and June for about $4.
Consumers can find further information at Procter & Gamble toll-free at (877) 340-8825 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. New York time Monday through Friday or visit the website www.scopemouthwash.com.