Even the most famous companies are recalling their products. The reasons may be different: marriage, production error, human factor. Sometimes, in the pursuit of revenue, corporations lose millions of dollars, and customers lose their lives.
In the summer of 1982, in Chicago, a 12-year-old girl took a Tylenol pill, and a few seconds later she fell down dead.
The pill of the most popular pain reliever in the United States at that time contained 65 grams of cyanide, while the lethal dose was only 5 grams. Six more cases of Tylenol poisoning occurred over the next two days. People panicked and the company recalled the entire drug, worth approximately $ 100 million, from pharmacies and stores.
After investigation, it turned out that the company was not to blame - there was an unknown sender in the city who added poison to the packages.
Later Johnson & Johnson, in order to maintain the tightness of the package, began to add a foil floor cover of the vial. Nowadays, almost all medicines are packaged in this way.
Firestone and Ford Explorer tires, 2000
In 2000, a scandal erupted in America. Ford Explorer cars fitted with Genuine Firestone tires were the most likely to roll over on the road. In the United States alone, the number of victims exceeded 1,000.
The scandal also fueled the fact that both companies appeared to be aware of what was going on, but did not anticipate attempts to correct technical errors.
After accusing articles, Ford sales plummeted. Firestone has withdrawn nearly three million tires from sales.
Both companies suffered huge losses and blamed each other for what happened and began to sue. Some of the processes have not been completed even today.
Chinese Formulas and Milk, 2008
In June 2008, a high concentration of melamine was found in some dairy products from China. By itself, this substance is not harmful and is used in the production of plastics and mineral fertilizers, but at high dosages it can provoke the formation of kidney stones.
Milk from a number of Chinese manufacturers was supplied to schools and kindergartens. When the public turned their attention to the problem, six children had already died.
As a result, the Chinese authorities seized all products and even chicken eggs. 19 people were punished, some up to life imprisonment. Two entrepreneurs were shot.