When we purchase food products it is important for our health and safety that these products are properly labeled listing all ingredients. By knowing what is found in our foods, we as consumers can make an informed choice about what we eat. Knowing what is in our foods is also extremely important because many of us suffer from allergies or medical complications that can be triggered by the foods we ingest.
For that reason, it is the legal duty of manufacturers under products liability law to properly and adequately label food products with ingredients and warnings so as to keep consumers safe from avoidable dangers. By doing so, companies are abiding by their legal duty to inform customers of any known dangers. However, when companies negligently mislabel or fail to label their foods and injuries occur, they have breached this legal duty and are liable to injured customers. For that reason, it is also the duty of these businesses to inspect their foods for any known dangers and remove dangerous or defective goods from the marketplace so that consumers cannot be harmed.
According to a recent article by the Hamlet Hub, the well known candy brand M&M’s is recalling their milk chocolate theater box candies for mislabeling and improperly putting peanut M&M’s within the packaging. In this recall, these candies may contain peanut butter, but this was not listed on the ingredient label on the outside box. This problem came to the attention of the company after a consumer notified them of a package containing peanut butter candies inside a Milk Chocolate Theater Box.
This is an extremely serious issue because ingestion of peanut products by those with peanut allergies can cause significant injury or even death. That is why it is imperative that companies always abide by their legal duty to place warnings and ingredients on their products so that a customer can be informed of what they are eating and remain free from unexpected dangers. According to the Mayo Clinic, peanut allergies are one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks. Peanut allergies can range from minor irritation to a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. For some, even trace amounts of peanuts can cause serious reactions.
Our attorneys represented injured clients in many product liability cases, because we are passionate about fighting for injured victims and keeping our marketplace free of dangerous products. If you or someone you love has been injured by a dangerous product, legal action may be the right choice for you to obtain compensation for injuries, medical bills, and suffering. Call us today for a free consultation, and we may be able to help you.