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August 2015 Archives

Is Your Keyless Ignition Deadly?

A group of plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against ten of the world's largest automakers, claiming the keyless ignition system can be deadly. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, alleges the car companies were aware the systems increased the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and concealed the danger from consumers.

The plaintiffs are seeking money damages and an injunction that would force manufacturers to install an automatic shut-off feature to avoid future fatalities.

Walgreens Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit

Consultations with pharmacists can save lives. By consulting with patients, pharmacists can ensure they have the right medication for their conditions and that multiple medications won't be harmful.

Apparently, Walgreens pharmacists were shirking that responsibility, and now the chain is paying over half a million dollars to settle a consumer protection lawsuit.

Kraft Recalls Cheese Singles After 3 Report Choking

Kraft recalled some 377,000 packages of its Kraft Singles cheese after reports of plastic sticking to the cheese. The announcement is a stunning assertion that there's a difference between the company's pasteurized prepared cheese product and the wrapper.

So what products were affected, and what should you do if you bought some bad cheese?

Possible Salmonella in Spices Sparks Recall

Kroger Co. has issued a recall on four of its spices due to concerns of possible salmonella contamination. The supermarket chain is pulling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper, and Kroger Bac’n Buds from its shelves.

The recall affects Kroger and other Kroger systems stores in 17 states.

Something Fishy

Although no illnesses were reported, salmonella was found in a sample of garlic powder from a store in South Carolina. Aiming to be on the safe side, Kroger is pulling the four spices from its own stores, Jay C., Dillons, King Soopers, Fry's, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smiths.

And the recall isn't confined to South Carolina -- Kroger is pulling spices in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia as well. The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that customers who bought the recalled spices should not eat them and return them to the store for a full refund.

Food Poisoning and Product Liability

Salmonella is bacteria that can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and death if consumed by the elderly or even young children with weakened immune systems. Food manufacturers have a duty, known as product liability, to protect consumers from known or potential hazards in the foods they make, especially with something unseen like salmonella.

Food recalls are designed to protect the public from a dangerous product. Often they can be instituted by the FDA, or a manufacturer or distributor can initiate a recall if there are complaints or failed quality control tests.

If someone becomes sick from food poisoning, the manufacturer or seller could be liable for damages. If you or someone you know has gotten sick due to salmonella or some other kind of food product, you may want to consult with a products liability attorney near you.

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