According to this article in the Philly Voice, the last six years have seen an alarming increase in food recalls. They point out that:
- Food recalls rose by 10% from 2013 to 2018.
- Meat and poultry recalled rose by 67% in that timeframe.
- Class 1 recalls, the most severe, increased by 83%.
To say that there is a problem may be an understatement. Perhaps a better word is epidemic. The independent consumer watchdog group called the US Public Interest Research Education Fund has made these findings known. Of course, this information is coming out in the midst of a partial government shutdown that has slowed or halted much of the federal food inspection work.
Today, we want to look at some of their other findings and discuss the larger problem of recalls in the US. If you need a product liability attorney in Philadelphia,PA, you can count on the Dan Doyle Law Group to be by your side, working to secure the compensation you need.
In 2018, we saw more than 12 million pounds of beef recalled. 164,000 pounds of ground turkey had to come off the shelves. Over the holidays, stores across the country rushed to get romaine lettuce off of their shelves.
“Much of this is preventable through simple and common-sense things that can prevent contamination and help make people’s food safe,” says Viveth Kerthikeyan, a consumer watchdog advocate.
While many of the recalls we see with foods are voluntary and made before anyone reports injuries or illnesses, there are still many cases in which recalls do not happen until an outbreak of illness has happened. Then we are left scrambling to figure out the source and what went wrong.
It is not just food products that are commonly recalled. Faulty products reach into every industry. If you take a look at the website that tracks current recalls across the country, you can see just how big the problem is.
Often there are problems with medications. Sometimes it has to do with particulates getting into the med itself. Other times, the label is incorrect, leading people to give the wrong dosage. The automotive industry has been plagued with recalls, from engines that catch fire to airbags that cause serious harm when they deploy.
Faulty products are the result of design problems, manufacturing errors, and labeling issues.
Have you checked your products for recalls lately?
If You Are Harmed
If you or a loved one have been injured or become ill due to the use of a defective product, seek legal assistance. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we understand that these cases can become complex and will work diligently to secure the compensation you need. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical expenses
- Loss of income and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages
If you need a Philadelphia product liability attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730 for a free consultation.