If you have been following the news lately, we have heard about more food recalls. Furthermore, it seems recalls of organic food is on the rise.
Most of the time, food recalls are the result of a good company that just has some bad luck. What’s more, these good companies are normally proactive in pulling their products off the shelves. Sometimes, it is a devastating blow to the food maker. Other times, they correct the problem and get the product back on the shelves, hoping that negative perception won’t get in the way of a fresh start.
Take Blue Blue Bell Creameries, for example. Blue Bell ice cream is back in some grocery stores four months after the company shut down production due to a listeria outbreak. Blue Bell has notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state health officials in Alabama and Texas of its plan to re-enter select markets on a limited basis.
No word yet on when Blue Bell will be available again in Indiana.
Organic Food Recalls on the Rise
A recent article in the New York Times indicates that “New data collected by Stericycle, a company that handles recalls for businesses, shows a sharp jump in the number of recalls of organic food products.”
Kevin Pollack, a vice president at Stericycle, said the growing consumer and corporate demand for organic ingredients was at least partly responsible for the increase.
According to Stericycle, 87 percent of organic recalls since 2012 were for bacterial contamination, like salmonella and listeria, rather than a problem with a label. “This is a fairly serious and really important issue because a lot of consumers just aren’t aware of it,” Mr. Pollack said in the Times piece.
Part of this increase is that organic food is becoming more and more popular – sales in the U.S. have risen almost 25% since 2012.
Recalls Happen Almost Daily
The Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program reports all recalls potentially affecting Indiana residents to local health departments and other related agencies. Recalls are issued by manufacturers of food and drug products, but are done so on a voluntary basis with guidance by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates meat and poultry products, or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates all other products.
Sometimes a company might voluntarily recall an item prior to discovery of any bacteria or other harmful substance.
As an example, the Kraft Heinz Foods Company recently recalled certain shipments of turkey bacon distributed nationwide due to a concern that the products may spoil prior to the marked “best when used by” date.
For a complete list of food and drug recalls, you can consult the Indiana State Department of Health here: www.in.gov/isdh/26599.htm. The list is updated daily.
As we have stated, most companies are vigilant and cooperate with the recall of products that may be suspected of having harmful effects when ingested. Still, there are other cases involving serious illness or even death due to a hazardous food or drug. Sometimes there might be potential for a lawsuit. That’s where our law firm, Theodoros & Rooth, can help. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed by a defective food, drug or any product, contact us immediately. Our team has over 110 years of combined experience investigating product liability and personal injury cases. If we discover that you have a case, we will fight aggressively to get the compensation you deserve. The initial consultation is always free, and there are no fees unless we settle your case or we win at trial. To discuss your potential case with an experienced personal injury attorney, contact Theodoros & Rooth today.