Food recalls are very common. Food recalls occur when there is some type of reason to believe that the product or food that was manufactured and sent out to the public is defective and may cause illness to consumers. Usually the entire stock of food gets recalled back to the manufacturer. Food recalls are usually done by the manufacturer or distributor after they have received complaints from consumers about the food being defective or when the U.S Department of Agriculture request that the food be recalled.
Food recalls would be described best as anything that would cause illness and may be misleading to consumers.
Food recalls occur for a variety of reasons, such as:
Food safety in the US is regulated by the following government agencies:
Food manufacturers and distributors voluntarily recall food when there is reason to believe the food is contaminated or mislabeled. If the manufacturers and distributors refuse to initiate a voluntary recall, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) can detain suspicious meat and poultry products.
Thousands of food products have been recalled. Recently, these have included:
Food-related lawsuits are common, but they are highly dependent on state laws as well as the type of claim involved. Food companies are bound by various health and sanitation laws, and have an obligation to ensure that consumers receive food that conforms to or exceeds health standards.
If you have been the victim of food poisoning or injury due to a recalled food, you may be able to sue the food manufacturer or distributor. You may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, wages lost during your illness and recovery, pain and suffering and, in extreme cases, wrongful death. In many cases, a plaintiff may be awarded monetary damages to be compensated for the loss or injury if they become sick because of eating food that was recalled.
If you wish to pursue a lawsuit for injuries and illnesses resulting from a recalled food product, you may wish to speak with a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer will be able to help you understand your rights and options, as well as help you deal with the complicated legal system.
Last Modified: 12-27-2016 11:24 AM PSTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.