When there is a reason to believe a food product may cause illness in consumers, that product (either the entire stock or just a particular batch) may recalled, or pulled from the shelves. Food recalls typically are initiated by the manufacturer or distributor in response to credible complaints, but also may be requested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Anything resulting in illness or which may be misleading to consumers can trigger a recall. While the initial news of the recall certainly doesn't help the company's image, taking swift action not only protects consumers but also can help minimize the cost of the recall and work toward regaining customers' trust. The FDA and the USDA both have the authority to stop distribution and sale of tainted foods, but so far have not had to do so.
A company may decide to recall a food product for any number of reasons, including but not limited to:
This article provides an overview of food recalls, with links to government resources and recall updates. See FindLaw's Dangerous Foods section for more information. Addionally, you can find more details at the federal FoodSafety.gov portal.
Getting Legal Help
Foodborne illnesses can be very serious, leading to expensive medical bills and time away from work. Fortunately, victims of food poisoning can recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering by filing a lawsuit against the companies responsible. A great first step in this process is to contact an experienced product liability lawyer for a free claim evaluation.
Contact a qualified product liability attorney to make sure your rights are protected.