Visiting the grocery store is a regular activity for most California residents. The purpose for such a visit is generally to purchase ingredients for daily meals and snacks. In doing so, the purchaser expects to be able to select his or her items, pay for them and safely consume them. The idea that consumer protection issues could come into play is generally not a part of the regular grocery shopping list.
Blue Bell Creameries has once again made headlines. It has been reported that two flavors of its ice cream pose a listeria contamination threat. As a result, Blue Bell has announced a voluntary recall of these items in the affected markets.
Although the ingredient that is believed to be the source of the problem is produced by a third party, the specified product carries the Blue Bell name. Fortunately, no one has reported becoming ill as a result of the product. However, as a precautionary measure, the company has requested that the product be brought back to the place of purchase for a refund.
California consumers expect that the food products they purchase will be safe to eat. These are items that they are planning to give to their families. When selecting such products, the typical customer is more concerned with taste and nutrition rather than safety.
Consumer protection is a responsibility of the company producing the product. If one becomes ill as the result of consuming a contaminated product, he or she will most likely face a variety of medical and financial issues. When customer safety becomes an issue, it may be time to review available legal options.
Source: USA Today, “Blue Bell ice cream issues recall over listeria concerns“, Sept. 21, 2016