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Product Recall Classification System

On behalf of Dan Doyle Law Group posted in Products Liability on Friday, May 03, 2019.

Have you ever gone out to eat only to throw it all up when you got home? You probably had food poisoning. Food poisoning is when you eat contaminated food and your body refuses to process it. As a defense mechanism from the contaminant, you end up puking and or having diarrhoea. If you have those symptoms for too long you can end up dealing with serious dehydration. Dehydration can lead to worse symptoms and you can end up in the hospital. Depending on how sensitive you are or what other issues you have, you may end up in the hospital regardless. So what do you do if you get sick from something you bought from the grocery store? Our product liability lawyers in Philadelphia at Dan Doyle Law Group are here to help you better understand the risks of contaminated food, how to understand recalls, and what to do if you are dealing with injuries due to the product.

Product Recalls

When a manufacturer knows that there is something with the product they voluntarily must provide recall of the product. Depending on the severity of the defectiveness, the FDA may assist the companies in planning mass recall communication. Recalls are divided into three classifications:

  • Class I: There is little to no immediate danger. There is something wrong with the product, but the error is not life altering or endangering. It is the lowest form of an issue and does not require immediate attention.
  • Class II: This is above little to no immediate danger but below immediate danger. Intermediate danger still indicates that there is a danger to the consumer. Class II recalls may not result in danger significant to your health, but it can cause adverse health effects.
  • Class III: This last classification is the most immediate and dangerous. If you are using a product with class III recall then stop using immediately is it can present danger or death to anyone who is using it. Class III recalls are typically widely broadcasted in order to get as many people to recognize the danger of the product as soon as possible.

For example, in January General Mills posted a voluntary recall on Pillsbury Flour due to a possible Salmonella outbreak. The recall only applies to the Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose 5LB Flour bag with an expiration date of 4/20/20. General Mills stated that there have been no confirmed illnesses related to the flour which makes it a class I recall. General Mills reminds people to make sure they cook flour properly in order to kill any bacteria.

What To Do

If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury due to a defective product then you have the right to file a claim for just compensation. Not all products are life endangering, but there are some products that cause such damages that you need compensation to help pay bills and hold the companies accountable for their negligence. Call 215-987-3730 or click here to start your free consultation with our professional attorneys at Dan Doyle Law Group in Philadelphia today.

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