FDA warns of many contaminated Johnson & Johnson products - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/27/10

FDA warns many contaminated Johnson & Johnson products may still be on shelves

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Johnson & Johnson is one of the most trusted brands in America.  A month ago, a division of Johnson & Johnson recalled more than 40 infant and children's liquid medications because of quality problems.  Thursday, new allegations surfaced that the company knew of potential contamination  related to adult Motrin tablets two years ago and tried to cover it up by buying as much of the product as possible. It's a claim Johnson and Johnson fiercely denies.

"We did not knowingly use the products with bacteria, and we did not knowingly release them into the marketplace," said Colleen Goggins, with Johnson and Johnson.

FDA regulators say last month's recall came after an inspection at a Pennsylvania plant revealed bacterial contamination of ingredients, thick dust and grime covering equipment, and the potential for some medicines to become too potent.

"But rather than initiate a recall, it sent contractors out to the stores to buy the products back and told the stores not to mention the recall," said Representative Edolphus Towns, Democrat, New York.

So far, there have been no serious injuries reported, but parents have been advised to throw out Johnson and Johnson medicines for kids and uses generics instead. Meanwhile, the FDA says is continuing a criminal investigation into the company. For a full list of the recalled products, please Click Here  .

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