When a consumer makes a purchase in the United States, they trust that the companies they are purchasing from offer safe and effective products. However, even with the strict testing and high federal standards, a few dangerous products make their way on the shelves and cause harm to the consumers. This week, Dole and Fresh Express recalled several of their packaged salad products after two separate listeria outbreaks hospitalized 22 and killed three across 18 States, including Texas. Fresh Express is recalling all products with codes Z324-Z350. Dole issued a voluntary recall on all products beginning with lot code “N” or “Y” and have a Best if Used By date between November 30, 2021, and January 8, 2022. Companies may try to avoid liability for their defective products by issuing such recalls. However, a warning may be too broad to void liability, as they must prove that the notice reached the specific customer. If you or a loved one has been hospitalized or killed due to a defective product, it is imperative that you contact the Carabin Shaw law firm right away.
What is listeria?
Listeriosis is an illness caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. According to the CDC, an estimated 260 people die from Listeriosis every year (2021). It is more dangerous for those who are immunocompromised, pregnant or the elderly over 65 years of age. Symptoms for pregnant women are flu-like, such as running a low-grade fever and experiencing fatigue or muscle aches. Listeriosis can also cause birth complications or the death of infants. For others, symptoms include muscle aches, headaches, loss of balance, stiff neck, or confusion (CDC, 2021). If you think you may have contracted Listeriosis, contact your doctor immediately.
Think you have a case?
Have you or someone you love been affected by defective products, drugs, or other devices in Texas? At Carabin Shaw, we understand that the legal complexities of defective product lawsuits can make an already stressful situation much worse. That is why the attorneys at Carabin Shaw endeavor to make the process as easy as possible, keeping our clients involved and informed every step of the way. With nearly 30 years of experience and extensive resources, our team of driven attorneys strives to receive full legal compensation for our clients in a variety of defective products lawsuits, including wrongful death. Not sure if you have a case? Our firm offers prospective clients free initial consultations so you can find out at no cost to yourself. Don’t wait! The statute of limitations varies from case to case, so it is vital that you contact the law firm of Carabin Shaw as soon as possible at 800-862-1260.