American giftware distributer Enesco may not care what type of drink you imbibe, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration takes an interest in the levels of lead you consume.
Earlier this month, the FDA announced a recall of ceramic wine goblets produced by Enesco, bearing the engraving “Any Wine Will Do,” because the content of the glasses exceeded the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) guidance levels for leachable lead and cadmium.
Enesco, an American corporation based out of Itasca, Illinois, specializes in knickknacks and other gifts, and was made famous by its ‘Precious Moments’ line of figurines. Approximately 300 of the dangerous wine goblets were sold in retail stores across the United States, including out of shops in Illinois.
The dangerousness of the product stems from the fact that increased contact with lead may lead to lead poisoning, which is a medical condition caused by heightened levels of lead in the body. Exposure to lead interferes with a number of bodily processes, and when a the concentration of lead in a person’s body leads to lead poisoning, individuals may experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, headaches, confusion, anemia, and, in more serious cases, seizures, coma, and death.
Though no cases of lead poisoning have yet been reported, Enesco is still legally responsible: corporations owe a duty of care to consumers. When they put products on the market that harm customers, those companies may be held legally responsible for damages from those injuries. If a customer develops lead poisoning as a result of using one of Enesco’s tainted wine glasses, the company could be held legally responsible for the monetary damages required to compensate the victim.
When consumers are harmed because products are unsafe, an Illinois personal injury lawsuit may arise, and the corporation responsible for production may be made to pay compensatory damages to put the consumer back in the position they were in before the injury occurred. This includes covering medical and hospital expenses, and in more serious cases, compensating the victim for a loss of normal life or lost wages. In some cases when the companies’ errors are egregious, they may also be made to pay punitive damages which serve to punish the company and to send a message to others in the same position to be more careful in the future.
According to the FDA’s official recall, the particular goblet in question is a white ceramic glass with the word “wine” painted on the exterior and interior in multiple colors. The phrases “Any Wine Will Do” and “I Would Like To Apologize In Advance For My Behavior Tonight” appear on the front and back in a yellow circle surrounded by black and white checks.
Consumers who purchased the wine goblet should return them to the place of purchase or contact Enesco for a refund.
If you have had an incident with a product that caused an injury, or are the survivor of someone who may have died from the use or exposure to a dangerous or defective product, it’s important that you know your rights under the law. Contact an attorney if you purchased this wine glass and have suffered complications as a result.