It can be challenging to know what products are trustworthy enough to use with our family and loved ones. A product recall is issued by a manufacturer after the discovery of defects in a product that may put consumers and the environment at risk in various ways. Examples include poisoning, explosions, heart attacks, pollution, accidents, collisions, burns, and more. Product recalls are a necessary measure for preventing injury, illness, death, and environmental harm. Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol recall is called the “recall that started them all”.
In a case of malicious product tampering, seven people in Chicago died after ingesting Tylenol that was contaminated with cyanide. The company immediately recalled 31 million bottles. The tragedy lead to the development of tamper-proof technology that is now the standard today. It is important to learn from recalls and develop new ways to prevent them.