Product recalls are not uncommon in Virginia. Particularly with food products, companies frequently distribute food that is not safe for human consumption. This food can cause serious injuries including hospitalizations and death. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, thousands of people are killed each year because of food borne illness. Additionally, one in six people in the U.S. will suffer from a food borne illness each year.
Virginia families expect the food that they are eating to be safe for them to eat. In other words, people do not expect to get sick from the food they purchase. In many cases, people rely on companies to produce food for them. In particular, pre-packaged meals and snacks are popular in today's busy society. People like the convenience of grabbing something quick and healthy for their families to eat while they are on the go.
Virginia residents may be interested in knowing about a recall by Giant Eagle because of a labeling error that could cause health problems for those with peanut allergies. According to a press release from the supermarket chain, Candy Place Chocolate Santas were sold in stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland beginning on Oct. 1, 2013. The store says that nearly 1,100 units had been sold since that time.
On Nov. 1, a press release stated that a product recall was issued by Perrigo, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. This report, which may be of concern for Virginia parents indicated that some acetaminophen infant suspension liquid packages may have been released to some retailers without having the accurate dosage labeled on the syringes. Although no reports of injuries have been submitted, the company is taking precautionary measures in an effort to prevent injury.
One U.S. business is recalling more than 5,000 pounds of packaged broccoli salad thanks to a possible Listeria contamination problem. The potentially defective product was shipped to grocery and food sellers throughout the Northeast United States. The issue at hand is the potential for the packets of dressing contained in each broccoli salad package to contain Listeria bacteria.
An outbreak of salmonella affected almost 300 people in the United States from March to September. Three plants operated by Foster Farms in California may be shut down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency explained that the public is at risk and sent correspondence to the company's CEO after they found high levels of salmonella bacteria at the plants.
In a case that could affect Virginia users of Paxil, a US District Court judge granted a motion to remand the case brought by a mother against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline that claims her son's heart defect was caused by her use of the drug while she was pregnant. The product liability claim was made as part of a Paxil mass tort docket with what the judge called an unusually complicated procedural history. Records show that the woman's complaint was consolidated with other Paxil pregnancy cases in 2011 to allow a judge to decide on their identical motions to remand.