Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Recent Press Articles concerning P&G / Principles / Values / Trust

France fines P&G and Colgate for laundry prices
9th December 2011

NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble Co. and Colgate-Palmolive Co. were among companies fined Thursday by French authorities, who accused them of fixing laundry detergent prices for years. Procter & Gamble, which is based in Cincinnati and is the world's biggest consumer products company, was fined 233.6 million euros ($311 million). Colgate-Palmolive, based in New York, was fined 35.4 million euros ($47 million).

Unilever, P&G Fined $457 Million by EU for Detergent Cartel
13th April 2011

Unilever and Procter & Gamble Co. (PG)agreed to pay 315.2 million euros ($457 million) in fines to end a European Union probe into price fixing of laundry detergent. P&G, the maker of Ariel washing powder, was fined 211.2 million euros and Unilever will pay 104 million euros for agreeing with Henkel KGaA, the German maker of Persil, to fix prices of the detergent in eight countries over a three-year period, the European Commission said today in an e-mailed statement.

Scope Mouthwash Recalled By P&G
Mouthwash, in the U.S. and Canada, because the child-resistant caps might malfunction. The recalled bottles of mouthwash also lack the following statement:

"This Package for Households without Young Children," as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PDF). The mouthwash contains ethyl alcohol which can be toxic and lead to serious injury or death if ingested by young children.

Scope mouthwash recalled over cap defect

June 28, 2010

Procter & Gamble announced a precautionary recall of certain bottles of Scope Original Mint and Scope Peppermint

By Gergana Koleva

While the company is saying the recall is voluntary, it is hard to overlook the fact that it has issued several product recalls as of late. Earlier today, it announced it is pulling 4-Hour Nasal Decongestant VapoSpray off store shelves because of faulty expiration dates. Back in December, it recalled DayQuil capsules for lacking childproof packaging. And just last month, it became embroiled in an aggressive public spat with parents over Pampers' new line of diapers Dry Max, which allegedly caused infants severe burns and rashes.
"Our products are produced under the highest standards and best quality control possible. In fact, it is these high standards that help us to quickly identify any issues and take any steps needed to address problems," said Paul Fox, a spokesman for P&G. "Four billion consumers every day place their trust in our brands and we will never betray that trust."

Some Oral B mouthwash recalled
CBC News

Posted: Jul 14, 2011 12:01 PM ET

Procter & Gamble recalls mouthwash, Health Canada

(Several brands of Oral-B mouthwashes are under recall for possible microbial contamination, Health Canada says.

Procter & Gamble is voluntarily recalling Oral B Anti-Cavity Dental Rinse — Alcohol Free" (NPN 02129930) and Oral-B Anti-Bacterial with Fluoride — Alcohol Free Daily Use Mouthrinse" (DIN 02130823

People with severely weakened immune systems, such as those with cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to harmful health effects from microbial contamination in the recalled mouthwash products.

P&G recalls DayQuil not in child-proof packaging
Dec 18, 2009
Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said on Friday that it is recalling some Vicks DayQuil Cold & Flu medicine that did not come in a childproof package. While the label says the packaging is child-resistant, the so-called blister packs in the box are not.
There have been no reports of children accidentally taking the medication, P&G said.
Vicks DayQuil Cold & Flu 24-Count LiquiCaps Bonus Packs, which were sold only in the United States, are the only product affected by the latest voluntary recall, P&G said.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said P&G is recalling 700,000 packages sold from September 2008 through this month.
The recall marks the latest issue for the company's Vicks brand. Last month, P&G voluntarily recalled about 120,000 bottles of Vicks Sinex nasal spray after finding bacteria in a small amount.
In late October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to P&G over the marketing of Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil products with vitamin C. [ID:nWNAB7896]
DayQuil Cold & Flu is not for children under 12 years old, unless recommended by a doctor. If a child swallowed it, it could cause serious health problems or death, P&G said.
P&G said the FDA and CPSC supported the recall.
(Reporting by Jessica Wohl. Editing by Robert MacMillan)


  1. .........said Paul Fox, a spokesman for P&G. "Four billion consumers every day place their trust in our brands and we will never betray that trust." Would be intersting to know how P&G explains price fixing..................

    Jane H.

  2. Perhaps in their books price fixing does not amount to betaying trust. It remains to be seen, though, what the 4 billion consumers, think.
    I, for one, will not be buying their washimg powder anymore.

    Edith P.

  3. I guess price fixing for Procter & Gamble falls within the letter and spirit of the law!!
    So far I haven't seen a written apology on behalf of P&G to their 4 billion customers.
    If anyone has seen a printed apology in the media why don't you post it on this blog, I think it would interest lots of moms like mysel who are always careful about how we spend our paychecks especially when we go to the supermarket.

    Cheryl S

    Toronto, Canada

  4. SuperFloss quality has gone spiralling down, the threader is much less stiff which makes threading more difficult, and the sponge part is less thick, it is also difficult to grip them properly, with saliva getting all over the place. These super sized corporations take over these well known brands and just ruin them. I now make a point of not buying anything from P&G.
    All these conglomerates care about are numbers, dividends, and nice fat annual bonuses!

    Josey L.