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Egg salad recall gives rise to product liability concerns

On June 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that Illinois residents are part of a voluntary recall to remove a brand of egg white salad from the marketplace. The manufacturer, Lansal, Inc., says that there has not yet been any reported incidents of illness with regards to the recalled product. However, Lansal, Inc., which also does business under the name of "Hot Mama's Foods," says that an internal inspection revealed the potential for listeria monocytogenes contamination in 304 containers of its product.

Listeria is an organism that can have adverse effects on people, particularly the elderly, infirm or very young. Those infections can sometimes turn deadly amongst that demographic as well as others with diminished immune systems. The majority of healthy individuals might only suffer minor, short-term symptoms. These include increased temperature, severe headache, stomach pains, feeling sick in the stomach and diarrhea. Listeria infection has also been responsible for pregnant women experiencing miscarriages and stillbirths.

In particular, the recall extends to 114 pounds of "Trader Joe's Egg White Salad with Chives". The recalled lot of the product was packaged in plastic containers with 6-ounces of the product in each container. Those containers have a sell by date on edges of their lids which reads June 10, 2014. The UPC number for the suspected items is 00666695

In addition to Illinois, the distribution of the egg white salad also occurred in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. People who have bought the product are urged to either destroy it or return it to where they purchased it from for a full refund.

Manufacturers of food items who place their products into the marketplace have an obligation to ensure the safety of their products. Consumers who become ill or suffer other injuries from food purchased in the marketplace may be able to sue the manufacturer for product liability for failing to uphold their duty with regards to public safety. Typically, an injured consumer can seek compensation for his or her medical costs, lost wages, and other related expenses.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "Lansal, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Egg White Salad With Chives Due To Possible Health Risk" No author given, Jun. 09, 2014

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