Date: Sat, 28 May 2011
TBA (2,4,6-tribromoanisole), used to preserve wooden pallets, has been blamed for the need for Johnson and Johnson to recall some product sold in Europe (see attached article).
It seems that the TBA impregnated into pallets used to store glass bottles in the pallets had volatilized, and had migrated into the bottles, causing a musty odor to permeate the products. This has been a problem reported several times, by several companies, in the USA.
Many companies are now actively seeking to replace wooden pallets throughout their supply chain. If you have not started such a program, it might be worth evaluating your supply chain practices.
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