Our Chicago personal injury attorneys were concerned to read that the FDA has recently recalled two separate food products – each manufactured by a large-scale food processing corporation – because of the potential for small, thin, pieces of wire in the foods.
The recalled foods are three different varieties of Kraft Foods Inc.’s Velveeta Shells & Cheese Microwaveable cups, and Pepperidge Farm, Inc.’s Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks. Illinois consumers are at a heightened risk for injury from eating these particular foods: the foods produced by Kraft were manufactured in Champaign, Illinois, and distributed to retail stores across Illinois, and the Pepperidge Farm products were manufactured in one of Pepperidge Farm’s Midwest plants, and distributed to consumers across the Midwest.
Kraft Foods, Inc. is an American food and beverage conglomerate, headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Northfield, Illinois. Kraft Foods is the third largest food and beverage manufacturer in the world, and markets its products in more than 170 countries.
The three varieties of Velveeta Shells & Cheese Microwaveable cups were voluntarily recalled from the market after it was discovered that approximately 137,000 cases of the affected products were distributed to retails across the United States. Although there have yet to be reports of consumer injury due to the wire bristle pieces present in the product, if a consumer were to be injured when unknowingly chewing, swallowing, or digesting the wire piece, Kraft could potentially be held legally responsible for the customer’s injury.
Pepperidge Farm, the manufacturer of the other affected product, is an American commercial bakery, most known for products such as Milanos cookies and Goldfish crackers. To date, a number of incidents have been reported in which consumers have reported scrapes in and around the mouth. Although no potentially fatal cases have yet been documented, Pepperidge Farm incited the recall when it was discovered that approximately 13,000 cases of potentially dangerous products were distributed across the United States, particularly in the Midwest.
Products liability is an area of Illinois personal injury law that focuses on dangerous and defective products. “Products,” in this instance covers a wide range of categories, including foods merchandised to the public. As a general rule, corporations are responsible for ensuring that the products they manufacture and sell are safe for human use and consumption. When the merchandise is unsafe and causes harm to customers, the company may be held liable for damages caused by the injuries from the dangerous or defective products.
Food manufacturers owe a duty of care to consumers. When foreign objects or contagions make their way into foods that are distributed to the public, and consumers are injured because of the dangerous products, the situation may give rise to an Illinois products liability lawsuit.
If you purchased either of the food items mentioned above, do not eat them. Either throw them away or return them to your local retail store for a full refund. Additionally, if you or a loved one have been injured by a food product, seek medical attention immediately. You may also be entitled to compensation for your injury and an attorney may be able to apprise you of your rights under the law