When you purchase a product to use or consume, you should never have to worry about it causing harm to you or a loved one. Unfortunately, we know that defective products make it to the shelves and into our homes regularly. If you ever need a Montebello product liability attorney, you can count on the Hayes Law Firm, APC to be your advocate. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. Today, we want to talk about efforts to make the foods we eat safer.
We Always Hear About Food Recalls
When you are watching the news and hear about another food recall, you probably roll your eyes. Then you make sure you do not have the food in question in your house. Just this year alone, we have seen a tremendous number of food recalls. Now, consumers are about to have another tool to help them know about potentially dangerous foods.
Recently, a federal judge in California told the Food and Drug Administration that they need to do the following:
- Designate a list of “high-risk” foods
- Create new record-keeping requirements for companies handling those foods
- Post that information publicly by 2020
This judge issued his ruling after a lawsuit brought against the agency by two consumer safety groups. These groups said that the government was not implementing the rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act, a law signed by President Obama in 2011.
While we do not have a complete list of which foods are considered “high-risk,” some of them will likely be raw fruits and vegetables such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and cantaloupe. Once these foods get their label, the FDA is supposed to begin forcing the middlemen companies that handle these foods to keep better records of where their ingredients come from and where they are sent. This will be helpful because foods often go through many steps from the farm to the shelves (packers, processors, distributors).
These rules will have two effects:
- They will push all companies to adopt safer food handling procedures
- They will help make it easier to track the source of a problem if there is a food poisoning outbreak
Let Us Get To Work On Your Case Today
If you or a loved one have been injured or become ill due to a defective product, you may be eligible for compensation. At the Hayes Law Firm, APC, you can count on our qualified and experienced team to be by your side throughout this entire process. We will investigate all aspects of this incident and work with every party involved. Our goal is to secure compensation for the:
- Cost of your current and future medical bills
- Recovery of income lost if you are unable to work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against a company or manufacturer
If you need a Montebello product liability lawyer, you can reach out for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 323-477-1415.