Our Chicago personal injury lawyers were concerned to hear that – during this holiday season where cranberries are abundant at dinner tables across the country – the latest food recall affects Ocean Spray’s Craisins product, sweetened dried cranberries.
According to a report by MSNBC, certain lots of packaged and bulk Craisins were removed from the market after it was discovered that they may be contaminated with small, hairlike, metal particles. Packages affected by the recall are Craisins in 5-, 10-, and 48-oz packages, as well as bulk dried cranberries in 10-pound packages.
Ocean Spray is an American corporation that produces cranberry and grapefruit products such as juices, cranberry sauces, and dried fruits. Ocean Spray is currently the world’s largest grower of cranberries, and had sales of over $1.4 billion in 2005 alone. Although it is uncertain exactly how many packages are affected by the recall, officials estimate that it could potentially involve as much as 150,000 pounds of dried cranberries, based on the number of cranberries produced by Ocean Spray each year.
The metal particles were introduced into the food because of a malfunction on a piece of equipment at one of the company’s manufacturing plants. Although no injuries have yet been reported, corporations have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe for consumer use. When companies – especially those involved in food manufacturing and distribution – put a product on the market, they are required to ensure that the product meets all applicable safety standards. If a product is dangerous, defective, or infected, the corporation may be held legally responsible for any injuries that are caused, and an Illinois personal injury lawsuit may arise.
The following packages of Craisins, identified by UPC labels, are affected by the recall:
• 5-oz. Craisins UPC: 00293-000, Best By: Oct 27 2012 • 10-oz. Craisins UPC: 29456-000 and 29464-000, Best By: Oct 27 2012, Oct 28 2012, Oct 29 2012 • 48-oz. Craisins UPC: 00678-318, Best By: Oct 27 2012, Oct 28 2012, Nov 3 2012, Nov 4 2012, Nov 5 2012, Nov 6 2012, Nov 7 2012, Nov 10 2012, Nov 11 2012 • 10-lb. bulk ingredient & food service UPC: 03477-000, Best By: 30 Oct 2013, 31 Oct 2013, 1 Nov 2013, 5 Nov 2013.
Spokespersons on behalf of Ocean Spray have stated that the manufacturing problem that caused the metal particles to get into the food has since been fixed. Nevertheless, consumers are urged to either throw the product away or call Ocean Spray for a refund.
When consumers buy products off the shelves of retail stores, those customers have the right to expect that the product will be free from hazardous defects. Special Illinois personal injury laws are in place to protect consumers from these dangerous products, and to help customers recover after they have been injured.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by a hazardous, defective, or contaminated product, seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, an attorney may be able to help elucidate your rights under the law.