Earlier this month, a high-end kitchen product retailer announced that it was recalling a large batch of potentially tainted food that was for sale across the country in its retail stores. According to a report by one local news source, the manufacturer of the product, California Olive and Wine, decided to recall thousands of jars of Pumpkin Seed Pesto.
Evidently, the pesto may have been improperly packaged, leading to the possibility that the bacteria causing botulism may be present in the sauce. This was discovered after there were irregular lab test results that came back when the product was tested. The pesto sauce was available for purchase in Williams Sonoma stores across the country from September 2014 until mid-October. The FDA released its announcement of the company’s voluntary recall on October 10, 2014. The contaminated product, which was sold in eight-ounce jars, bears the SKUs 6404305, 6389043.
Thankfully, there have been no reports of serious illness or death stemming from the contaminated food product. However, since botulism is a very serious and dangerous bacteria, anyone who has purchased any of this product should return it to the retailer for a full refund.
It should come as no surprise that manufacturers of all food products have a duty to only market safe products to the public. Of course, there are times when an unexpected event occurs, and a contaminated food product makes it to the shelves. In these cases, it is incumbent on the manufacturer, retailer, and wholesaler to all recall the product in order to keep it out of the stream of commerce.
In many food-recall cases, any merchant that handles the tainted merchandise may be held liable for any damages that are caused as a result of someone ingesting the tainted product. In the case of botulism, ingestion may be fatal if untreated.
Bringing a Lawsuit
If you have recently ingested a food product that was tainted and you were seriously injured as a result, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. However, it will likely require a full-scale investigation into the exact problem with the tainted food product. Therefore, it is advised to speak to a dedicated personal injury attorney before proceeding with any case.
Are You in Need of an Attorney?
If you or a loved one has recently ingested any kind of tainted food product and been made ill as a result, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Keep in mind, however, that the manufacturer of the tainted product will likely try to avoid responsibility in any way possible, including denying patently meritorious claims. To make sure that you stand a good chance at recovering for your injuries, contact a dedicated Washington DC personal injury attorney to discuss your case today. The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have decades of combined experience bringing all kinds of personal injury cases. Call 410-654-3600 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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