July 26, 1999
Warner-Lambert Recalls Two New Trident Chewing
Gums to Prevent Milk Allergy Reactions
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ (SafetyAlerts)
-- In order to assure the continued acceptance of the new Trident For Kids* and Trident
Advantage* chewing gums, Warner-Lambert has decided to voluntarily recall these products
and relabel them so that the Recaldent logo will be readily recognized by consumers to
indicate that the product contains a milk-casein derivative.
The company is alerting consumers, especially
parents of young children who are allergic to milk protein, that its two new Trident
chewing gum products contain Recaldent, a milk-casein derivative.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity
to milk or milk-based products are at risk of a serious or life threatening allergic
reaction if they chew Trident For Kids or Trident Advantage chewing gum with Recaldent.
Milk-based allergies are most common in children
one-to-two years old. Allergic reactions to milk-based foods can range from hives, nasal
congestion, coughing, and wheezing to swelling of the lip, tongue, and mouth to general
shock and in some cases death.
Jason Ford, a representative of Warner-Lambert
stated that the press release was issued as soon as the problem was noted. "We
did not want to take the chance that anyone, particularly children, might have a reaction
and become ill."
Recaldent is a new ingredient that contributes to
remineralization, or strengthening teeth. It contains a casein (pronounced kay-seen)
derivative found in milk. Recaldent does not contain lactose and will not affect people
who are lactose intolerant.
The products were launched mid-June and are being
distributed nationwide. The gums can be identified by a white colored oval shape on the
front of the package, which identifies "Recaldent" in red and blue. This alert
is being issued based on reports of allergic reactions in two young children who chewed
Trident For Kids. Both children have recovered.
Trident For Kids and Trident Advantage are the
first and only two products in the United States to contain Recaldent, clinically proven
to strengthen teeth. The company is issuing this press release because people with this
milk allergy may not be aware that Recaldent contains a milk-casein derivative. The
company is encouraging all media to report on this alert. Other Trident* chewing gums do
not contain Recaldent and are not affected by this alert.
Warner-Lambert anticipates that these products
will be broadly available again before the end of the year. Consumers who have
questions may call W-L Consumer Affairs at 1-800-524-2854.