When a company decides that it needs to initiate a recall of one of its products, it does so because the potential for harm in keeping that product on the market is extreme and real. Generally speaking, the largest product recalls do tend to reach a large portion of the consumers who could be using that defective product. Not to mention, the units that are affected by a recall are pulled from retail shelves as soon as possible so that unsuspecting consumers do not wind up using them and being harmed as a result.
Unfortunately, not all product recalls are created equally. There are some recalls that are done where a product is only sold to distributors or wholesalers and therefore that defective product is never even seen by consumers. These situations require the immediate and utmost adherence by those who do purchase these products to make sure the proper protective steps are taken. Below you will find a brief overview of such a recall, and anyone who has been harmed because a recall was not followed needs to obtain the help of California defective products lawyers as soon as possible.
The B and D Chicken and Pork Products Recall
The description of the situation above whereby consumers do not ever have a chance to be sure that they are insulated from recalled products tends to fit into a recall that was recently announced by B and D Foods out of Idaho. The company recently recalled more than 33,000 pounds of precooked chicken and pork products because of the potential for the listeria bacteria to be present in those batches of food. Listeria is a dangerous substance that can lead to serious illness or even to death in some cases where vulnerable people are exposed to it.
Unfortunately, consumers will not have the opportunity to remove any of these products from their homes, as B and D Foods only sells its meat to distributors and other food manufacturers who then sell this food to customers that include restaurants and airlines. These products are not sold in grocery stores, so consumers never get to see them. One could easily understand, given this setup, how people could be exposed to a dangerous substance such as listeria without having any idea at the time that they are encountering a risk.
Defective Products and Legal Fallout
If someone were to become extremely ill because of the listeria bacteria that could be present in these foods, it could lead to a situation where both the original manufacturer and the outlet that provided this food to the consumer could be liable for damages that were incurred as a result of a serious illness. Of course, this is also a situation that would need to be analyzed closely.