While food poisoning and product recalls are always a call for concern, they are especially alarming when this occurs in regards to a large company and common household name. In these instances, the affected products, and by result number of potentially at risk individuals, is a significantly larger pool due to the immense size of the negligent company.
This is the exact issue and cause for concern in a recent post by the International Business Times. Kraft Heinz has recalled more than 2 million pounds of Oscar Mayer turkey bacon. This occurred after customers began reporting illnesses after consuming the product, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The article explains that the packages may expire sooner than what is inscribed on the label and could be adulterated.
There have been three varieties of turkey bacon at issue. These were produced between May 31st and August 6th. The specific products are the Oscar Mayer Selected Uncured Turkey Bacon, the Oscar Mayer Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed in the smaller size, and the Oscar Mayer Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed in the larger size. The Selects Uncured Turkey Bacon comes in 56 oz. cardboard boxes containing four plastic-wrapped packages and consists of plant number P-9070 and UPC 044700076330. The smaller size of the cured turkey comes is 36 oz. cardboard boxes with three plastic-wrapped packages with plant number P-9070 and UPC 071871548748, while the larger size comes in 48 oz. cardboard boxes with four plastic-wrapped packages and plant number P-9070 and UPC 071871548793.
If you possess any of these products in your home, it is advised to throw them out immediately to prevent illness. This past March, the two large corporations merged. However, when large companies merge to become even larger, this should call for greater oversight of product safety when production is even higher than before. As stated above, when a large company breaches their legal duty by putting unsafe products into the stream of commerce, there is a greater cause for concern. This incident speaks for itself when looking at the numbers: 2 MILLION pounds of turkey bacon are at issue for food poisoning risks and have been recalled. This is no insignificant number of products, and this is a large and widely popular brand at play.
Food poisoning is a serious issue because consumers should be able to trust that the products they purchase at local grocers intended for nourishment are not actually tainted or harmful. The foods we buy should always be safe for consumption, and if not, should never reach grocery store shelves. Food poisoning is nothing to take lightly as it can result in serious health complications. Our attorneys understand that the producers, sellers, and manufacturers of foods have a legal duty to inspect their products for dangers, remove dangerous products from the marketplace, and warn consumers of known dangers. Where a company fails in this regard, and consumers suffer injury or illness as a result, the company has breached their legal duty of care and can be held accountable for their negligence.