Product liability law requires manufacturers and stores to provide consumers with safe and danger-free products, or to warn consumers about known dangers from incorrect use. Where they fail to do this by not inspecting products for dangers, by knowingly placing a dangerous or defective product for sale, or by not alerting customers of dangers, manufacturers and stores can be held liable for negligence in a product liability lawsuit. Under the law, they owe customers a duty of care to keep them free from dangers and injuries. Where a customer has been injured from a product where a manufacturer and store could have foreseen such injury or prevented it, they can be held liable.
Foods are an especially important area of product liability law because we purchase them as a source of nourishment and energy for our daily meals. When a food is instead a dangerous good, it not only does not complete its intended purpose of a nourishing sustenance, but instead does the complete opposite and causes harm and injury to the customer’s health. Because foods are products that we consume and put directly into our bodies, it is especially vital that manufacturers and grocers inspect these foods for dangers and remove them from the marketplace where such dangers are known or foreseeable.
In a recent product liability incident reported in the International Business Times, Tyson has recalled over 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets from the stream of commerce. The five-pound, frozen, fully cooked white meat chicken products were reported to be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Customers have recently complained about discovering small pieces of plastic inside their food, and they have reported have minor oral injuries. Tyson has responded that this problem came from a product scraper inside of their blending machine.
The affected products were produced on January 26th and February 16th. Customers can find out if they purchased this contaminated product by looking to the packaging code on the wrapping. The affected products will have manufacturer codes 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14. The bags will also have establishment number P-13556. Anyone with these products should throw them out immediately for their safety as they are not safe for consumption.
The food we eat should never be an item of question regarding safety, but unfortunately, manufacturers and stores do not always take the needed caution in providing us with these goods. Our attorneys have been experienced with product liability lawsuits for over 20 years, and they continue to defend the rights of innocent victims who have suffered injuries or illness from harmful foods, among other products, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, machinery, and cars. If you have suffered injury from a dangerous product, our lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation for the harms caused to you.