(WASHINGTON) -- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing Thursday on the extent of "phantom recalls" by Johnson and Johnson which resulted in the largest recall of children's medicine in history.
Documents show Johnson and Johnson hired contractors to go into stores and buy Children's Tylenol products that the company wanted to recall, an effort apparently conducted to avoid publicizing the recall. The company originally told Congress in May that it didn't know what the contractors were doing, but the House committee obtained documents showing Johnson and Johnson ordered the phantom recall.
Johnson and Johnson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William Weldon said he knows the company has let the public down and admitted the company made a mistake in not notifying the FDA.
"We did not maintain our high quality standards and as a result, children do not have access to our important medicines. I accept full accountability for the problems," Weldon said, adding that the company's children's liquid products will be back on shelves next week.
Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio