Pfizer recalls 653,000 bottles of smelly Advil

Recalls stink. At least Pfizer's did. In March, the company ($PFE) voluntarily pulled more than 650,000 bottles of Advil gel tabs from stores because because they had a strong odor, according to a notice on the FDA website. The notice says the "enzymatic hydrolysis time" was too long during processing, which may have caused the smell. In a telephone interview, Pfizer spokeswoman Jenifer Antonacci said the company became aware of the problem after getting some calls from consumers. "They said they would open the bottles and smell the odor." From that, the company was able to identify the problem, isolate it to 8 lots and notify distributors, who retrieved the packages from store shelves, Antonacci said. The Advil Liqui-Gels were manufactured by Catalent Argentina, the FDA notice says. Notice | More