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Understanding reasons for food recalls

Most residents in Connecticut have at some point heard about a particular consumer product being recalled from store shelves. In some situations, such a recall may involve a food item. The number of times this may happen is really unlimited and there can be made circumstances that warrant such a recall.

As explained by FoodSafety.gov, recalls involving food in the United States may be initiated either by private businesses or by government entities. If a government agency requires or orders a recall, this would most likely happen from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some things that may necessitate a recall are the discovery that a product has not been properly labelled and a consumer might therefore consumer something that may be harmful to them. For example, an ingredient list that fails to itemize a particular ingredient that a consumer happens to be allergic to may require a recall so that the label may be corrected.

The presence of any parasite or other organism that may make someone ill may also require a food item to be recalled. While anyone can be harmed by a food item, some people may be at a higher risk of injury. These include elderly persons, very young children, pregnant women or people who have serious medical conditions including those with supressed immune systems.

If you would like to learn more about the types of situations that may lead food products to be recalled from grocery store shelves, please feel free to visit the consumer safety page of our Connecticut personal injury website.

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