To get a general idea of all the details involved in creating a food product, we can look at the packaging of items in a grocery store. Unfortunately, though, potentially dangerous mishaps occur in packaging food. One example is a recently recalled granola product that was mistakenly packaged and sent to stores in Montana and seven other states.
The 12-ounce bag of Au Naturel Granola indicates that the contents are "Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free." But according to a news article, almonds were put into the granola mixture at the end of production, which makes the claim of being "Nut Free" misleading and very dangerous for people with an almond allergy.
In this case, the dangerous product was voluntarily recalled by the company, Udi's Healthy Foods, but sometimes this kind of mistake isn't noticed until it's far too late. Or some manufacturers even willfully put consumers' health at risk by ignoring indicators that a product is unsafe.
Negligence on the part of manufacturers and distributors is a problem that requires vigilance from consumers. We would like to trust fully that the food items we purchase are reasonably safe and won't make us sick, but sometimes that simply isn't the case.
When an injury is caused because of a dangerous product, Montanans need to know that civil remedies are available. In addition to securing monetary compensation for injuries, product liability claims are meant to hold the responsible party accountable and prevent such injuries in the future.
To learn more about defective products in Montana, please visit our Bozeman product liability site. Our firm works on behalf of individuals who have been harmed by a variety of dangerous products.
Source: Food Beat, "Udi's Natural Granola Recall 2012: Undeclared Almonds," Danielle Angel, Dec. 20, 2012