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Consumer complaints could lead to products liability claims

Many companies initiate food recalls either of their own accord or after an inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sometimes, however, consumers here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the country make complaints that end up initiating recalls and perhaps even products liability claims. OK Food, Inc. recently issued one such recall.

The company manufactures and distributes ready-to-eat chicken products, among other things. After numerous consumer complaints of metal fragments in the company's products began flooding in on March 21, an internal investigation led to a recall. It includes approximately 933,272 pounds of OK Food, Inc.'s breaded chicken products manufactured between Dec. 19, 2016 and March 7, 2017.

The company's investigation revealed that the metal fragments originated from conveyor belting. So far, no significant injuries were reported in connection with consuming the affected products. However, since the products were distributed nationwide, it might only be a matter of time.

Anyone who purchased the tainted products is urged not to eat them. Consumers can either return them to the store where they were purchased or simply throw them away. In conjunction with the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the company's customers are being notified to remove the products and keep them from consumers. At last report, the FSIS was compiling a list of the affected products for publication on its website.

For nearly one million pounds of product to potentially be affected, the problem could have been going on for some time. It is possible that some people suffered injuries and were not aware that it was due to the presence of metal fragments in this company's breaded chicken products. Pennsylvania consumers who believe they suffered injury after consuming the recalled product might consider filing a products liability claim, seeking damages for the financial losses incurred because of this company's negligence.

Source: foodsafetynews.com, "Metal fragments cause recall of almost 1 million pounds of chicken", March 24, 2017

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