You'd be hard pressed to find someone here in California who cannot name at least one product that has been recalled in the last couple of decades, especially not after the GM recall for defective ignition switches. Product recalls happen every year, sometimes because of a danger and sometimes because of the embarrassment the product may cause -- see the Lululemon yoga pant case for an example.
In our last post, we started examining how the product recall process undertaken by the Consumer Product Safety Commission can unfold and how this effort can take anywhere from just a few weeks to upwards of a year depending upon the circumstances.
One of the most important tasks of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency "committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard," is initiating product recalls.
When it comes to the number of people affected by food-borne illnesses here in the U.S., the figures are rather shocking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 48 million people a year will develop some sort of food poisoning with roughly 128,000 requiring hospitalization and 3,000 losing their lives.
Most Americans do not stop and question the production of foods that they consume. There are a number of regulations in place to ensure that food is safe for eating. Unfortunately, these precautions do not prevent every improperly processed or flawed product from entering stores and homes. The sale of a defective product in California has resulted in the illness of hundreds.
Now that the weather conditions are finally improving in most of the country after a long and especially harsh winter, people will once again be free to resume their favorite outdoor activities.
We rely on medical professionals to provide us with the best possible care in order to ensure that we live long and healthy lives. We also rely on medical device manufacturers to build products that are both safe and reliable in order to ensure the exact same result.
Any type of product recall, regardless of the industry, should be taken seriously. This is definitely the case with a food defect, as this can quickly spread throughout the country, leading to illness or even death.
When you purchase something at your grocery store in Los Angeles, you expect that it has been approved for consumption. While usually food products have been well-inspected before being distributed to retailers, a recent recall of Hot Pockets shows that sometimes things slip through the cracks.
Most people buy products, including food, expecting them to be safe and healthy. Customers should not have to worry about whether every product is dangerous to their health as they contemplate whether they should buy it. Unfortunately, sometimes recalls, product defects or disease outbreaks, like a recent one in California, can cause people to be more cautious about their purchases.