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.
Medtronic, one of the world's largest producers of medical devices, made headlines last month when it announced that it was recalling nearly 15,000 guidewires following a comprehensive internal investigation, which revealed at least one patient injury and at least three other complaints.
When it comes to our children’s toys, we often assume that they have been tested to make sure that they are safe. Sometimes, the thought that a toy is unsafe never even crosses our minds. This is especially true when it comes to stuffed animals or plush toys. In most cases, who would think that something plush and soft could be harmful?
Both adults and children in California are being warned of a potential safety concern involving cookie dough this month after ConAgra Foods and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall for Kroger’s 16-ounce Break n’Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. The dough was shipped to stores in 26 states, including here in California and could present a problem for people who have nut allergies.