We have discussed various product recalls in the past, from automobile recalls to defective children’s furniture, toys, and clothing. Every day there are more items that companies consider announcing a recall for, and every day more items are actually listed as defective for various reasons. The most common reasons for a recall involve items being dangerous to users because of defects in the design. Fires, choking, and unintentional crashes are typically the reason for recalls of these types of everyday items.
Unfortunately, food recalls are announced occasionally as well. These types of product recalls can be some of the most frightening to consumers because they directly affect the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones. When the human body consumes a product that is defective or dangerous, it can be devastating.
CNN announced last month that raw clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts LLC have been linked to seven cases of illness, potentially E. coli. These instances of illness all occurred in Washington or Idaho, so citizens in and around those areas are warned to avoid consumption of these food items.
Specific walnuts produced by Sherman Produce were recalled around the same time, as well as hummus and dip products produced by Lansal Inc. Each of these recalls were announced as a precaution. No illnesses or injuries have been reported from them yet, but the suspected danger involves an infection possibility called Listeria monocytogenes.
Perhaps the most alarming recall in May was that of 1.8 billion pounds of ground beef products. This recall was due to a potential E. coli contamination danger. The USDA suggested that retailers in nine states may have been stocked with the recalled meat. Fortunately, Georgia is not one of the states in which the retailers on that list are located.
The effects of consuming food that is tainted with this type of bacteria can be devastating. Medical expenses as a result of these types of infections can become very high. If you or a loved one believes that you were infected from an unsafe food product, you may have a legal claim to compensation to help offset those medical bills. For free legal advice from experienced injury lawyers, contact our office today at (770) 427-5498.