If you watch or read the news often, you may have noticed that two little words seem to crop up again and again as of late – “product recall.” Just this past week alone, two products have been recalled citing warnings that they pose health and safety hazards to purchasers.
Just yesterday, Starbucks Corporation issued a notice recalling some 530,000 coffee grinders. The Chinese-made Starbucks Barista Blade Grinders and Seattle’s Best Coffee Blade Grinders apparently sometimes turn on and off unexpectedly. This has caused lacerations and scalds to owners of the products. Click here for a picture of the Barista Blade Grinder and, if you bought one of these grinders between March 2002 and March 2009, be sure to return it to Starbucks for a replacement grinder that does not attack you as you try to clean it.
This past week’s other recall was issued by the Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC. This Michigan-based company recalled several of its soft Mexican-style cheeses after the FDA tested them and found them contaminated. If you live in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, check your refrigerator. If you find a cheese labeled “Aguas Calientes,” return it to the Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese company no matter the expiration date:
• Queso Asadero, 12 oz and 10 lb ball
• Queso Oaxaca, 10 lb ball
• Queso Fresco, 1 lb and 8 oz.
• Queso Requeson, 1 gallon pail and 3 gallon pail
• Morral Adobera, 3 lb packages
Another recall has been on Georgian’s minds in the past few months. What’s the Peanut State to do when there is a peanut recall? Lynchburg, VA-based Peanut Corporation went bankrupt after the FDA found that products made from peanut butter manufactured in its Blakely, Georgia plant were tainted with salmonella. At least 450 people were poisoned and 5 died at the apex of the tragedy.
And then of course, there is the Taco Bell lettuce recall, and the tomato recall, and the Natural Selections spinach recall. Of particular note to pet owners was the recall of Ol’ Roy dog food products from Wal-Marts around the country. In this largest pet food recall in history, it was discovered that Ol’ Roy products were made with a type of Chinese wheat gluten that had been mixed with chemicals used to make plastics and other industrial products.
The type of law that covers product recalls is product liability law. There are three major types of product liability law – failure to warn (as in the case of the Florida widow who took on big tobacco), design defect and manufacturing defect. The recalls we discussed today fall into the latter two categories. While it is doubtful that Starbucks, Torres Hillsdale County Cheese and Peanut Corp. mean to harm their customers, they allowed a manufacturing or design defect into their products that sometimes led to tragic results.
Have you or someone you love been affected by a faulty product? You may have legal recourse. For a thorough investigation and caring, aggressive representation, call MLN Law at (404) 531-9700 for more information.