Johnson & Johnson recalled several hundred batches of Benadryl, Motrin, Rolaids, Simply Sleep, St. Joseph Aspirin and Tylenol, among others, due to consumer complaints of a moldy smell upon opening.
Is this recall going to lead to lawsuits? I doubt it, there have been no reports of serious injuries that I am aware of that would lead to a products liability lawsuit. But J&J looks bad in all of this because the recall comes 20 months after complaints began. Should they have to jump on a contaminant that does not appear to cause serious injury in a matter of days? Maybe not. But 20 months later? If nothing else, someone in PR has to either be listened to or fired.
Apparently, chemicals used to treat the wood pallets that transport the products were source of the moldy smell, which would explain why the contamination was across several products.