When product manufacturers discover defects in their products or hazardous issues that could injure consumers or cause illnesses, those manufacturers have a duty to rectify the issue as soon as possible at no cost to the consumer. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture handle food-related recall information while the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) publishes consumer product recall information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a food safety alert for romaine lettuce grown in northern and central California. Affected crops potentially have E.coli contamination, and the strain of E.coli involved releases the Shiga toxin and can cause kidney failure.
The CDC has warned American consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce products grown in affected areas, or any products that the consumer cannot identify the source. The recall includes romaine hearts, full heads of romaine, salad mixes that contain romaine, Caesar salads, spring mixes, and any other food products containing romaine lettuce grown in certain parts of California.
The CPSC website contains the most recent product safety recall information for American consumers and publishes the most recent recall data.
These are just a few of the most recent recalls. It may surprise some consumers to learn that product recalls happen almost daily, and a consumer’s options for dealing with a recalled product may be unclear.
Product manufacturers must issue warnings to consumers who purchased products included in a recall. If it is not possible to individually contact consumers, the companies must publish recall information in a responsible manner in an attempt to capture the attention of consumers who purchased affected products. In most cases, a manufacturer will offer a refund, replacement or a gift card to compensate for the purchase price. In some cases, a manufacturer may send out additional parts or safety devices to compensate for a known defect.
If a consumer suffers illness or injury due to a defective product or recalled food, it is essential to work quickly for the best chance of recovery. A product liability claim can sometimes help secure compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage from dangerous products.