Products Liability: Hot Pockets in Recall Over Meat Contamination

Food is a source of nourishment and energy. It is essential to our health, particularly to keep our minds working and our bodies fit. However, what about when food we purchase poses serious health risks? Recent news has spurred a lot of dialogue over this consideration.

According to an article by the LA Times, Hot Pockets are in the midst of a recall over a possible meat contamination. The parent company, Nestle USA, announced the voluntary recall of the philly steak and cheese flavors. It is believed that these microwave pocket sandwiches are involved with the Rancho Feeding Corporation beef recall. Although Nestle does not purchase meat directly from Rancho Feeding Corp., it discovered that company in its suppliers has purchased meat from Rancho Feeding Corp. within the past year, which is within the recall time period. Now, Nestle USA has confirmed that the meat was used at the company’s production site in Chatsworth. Our attorneys want to make our readers aware or the recall and encourage you to throw away the products that could already be in your home. The packages at issue are the Hot Pockets Philly Steak & Cheese 9-ounce boxes, 54-ounce boxes, and 22.5 ounce boxes.

Products liability is an area of the law that our attorneys are knowledgeable and have been experienced in for over 20 years, since the firm’s inception in 1992. To put product liability into plain terms, let’s use this very example of food. When you go to your local super market, you normally do not question whether the food you are purchasing is dangerous for your well-being, contaminated, or harmful to ingest. It is because of this area of the law that you can do so.

Food sellers and manufacturers have an obligation to their consumers under the law to inspect food for dangers, remove products with known dangers, or warn consumers of potential risks and proper uses. For instance, you have probably noticed many packages with specific microwave instructions, which may tell you what containers the food should be microwaved in. This is because the company has inspected the food product and how to cook it and is aware of dangers associated with various temperatures, chemicals, etc. For instance, microwaveable meals may clearly state to remove the plastic film. As another example, packages of chicken should have labels instructing customers to thoroughly cook the meat to the proper temperature to avoid the risk of salmonella. By giving you these instructions and warnings, manufacturers and sellers are abiding by their legal obligation to protect consumers from bodily harm and illnesses. Where a company fails to inspect foods or fails to warn consumers of any risks, they are negligent and knowingly putting a consumer at risk of danger or disease.

Our attorneys have experience representing injured clients in product liability lawsuits involving contaminated foods and defective medications. We are also experienced in product liability lawsuits surrounding automobiles, machines, clothing, toys, and household products and appliances. If your or someone in your family has become ill or injured due to a dangerous or defective product, you may have a legal claim against the company and/or manufacturer. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your case with you.

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