Packaged food products are convenient for those California families who are in a hurry and want a quick meal. Many families spend their evenings running from activity to activity. Then, there are those who work late and simply do not feel like cooking when they get home. Packaged food items provide what is assumed to be a tasty product that will fulfill the family’s need for dinner. However, when this packaged food item becomes tainted, there could be a consumer protection issue.
Recently, Taylor Farms, a company that produces and sells chicken salad and pork salad products in both Texas and California, became aware of a possible listeria concern. Apparently, these packaged products contain ingredients from a provider who was experiencing a listeria outbreak at its facility. It is possible that this contamination spread to the Taylor Farms facility.
Listeria can cause a serious infection in those who come in contact with it. It can be especially damaging to elderly, pregnant women and unborn children. It has been known to cause stillbirths as well as death among those with an already weakened immune condition. As a precautionary measure, Taylor Farms issued a recall for those products that could possibly be contaminated.
Consumer protection is a concern for companies. California consumers expect that the food products they purchase are safe to consume. Additionally, these companies are responsible for provided a safe product. When this doesn’t happen and one suffers or dies as a result, it is possible that there is a viable legal claim.
Source: star-telegram.com, “Listeria alert: Tainted chicken and pork salad product recalled in Texas“, Mitch Mitchell, Feb. 11, 2017