Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Salmonella-Tainted Product Recalled In 60 Countries

Salmonella in peanut butter is not just a nation-wide problem it is a world-wide problem. The tainted peanut butter has not only been sold here but in more than 60 other countries. In the U.S., the tainted peanut butter has been blamed for sickening 329 people in 41 states since August. During the weekend, China announced a recall of the peanut butter. The official Xinhua news agency said three batches of the two brands were imported between September and January, totaling 742 cases. The agency said at least 156 cases already had been sold in Beijing, and even though the lids had the suspect code, no one had reported being sickened by the peanut butter.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Cantaloupe Recall Due to Salmonella

Several thousands cartons of cantaloupes from Costa Rica have been recalled after testing positive for salmonella. Castle Produce said the recall covered roughly 2,560 cartons of cantaloupes, which were delivered on or after February 16 to wholesalers in Los Angeles and San Francisco for distribution in the western states. So far, there have been no reports of illness, but the company is not quite sure if any of the fruit has reached stores. A plastic blanket used to hold the cantaloupes after they are harvested and washed is said to be the source of the salmonella. “The Dole Fresh Fruit Company on February 16 recalled about 6,100 cartons of cantaloupes distributed to wholesalers in the eastern United States and Quebec between February 5 and February 8. The cantaloupes also were imported from Costa Rica and tested positive for salmonella.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Salmonella Equals No More PB&J

Brand names Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have been recalled for a salmonella outbreak. Though reports say that no actual contamination with salmonella have been found in any of the peanut butter thus far, the company has recalled the product because of a statistical link between the salmonella outbreak and the peanut butter in question. Since the recall has been announced, all of these products with this brand name have been removed from the shelves. “It was reported that about 85 percent of those known to be infected in the outbreak reported eating peanut butter. According to a DHHS press release, most people recover from a salmonella infection without medical attention, but the information indicated anyone experiencing illness after consuming the recalled peanut butter may want to seek medical care.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Reporting Defective Products

It is not difficult to imagine the high cost involved in the recall of a defective product. However, the cost of a product going unreported as defective is even higher when you consider the returns, repairs and exchanges. Moreover, the adverse publicity can be very costly to a manufacturer indeed. For instance, in January, the Hoover Co. agreed to pay a $750,000 penalty. It seems the company failed to report to the CPSC the sale of vacuum cleaners that had defective switches, which could cause the vacuum cleaners to catch fire. That lack of disclosure could have cost lives and caused horrible injures. Each and every manufacturer, distributor, and retailer is required to report to the CPSC any product that fails to comply with the applicable consumer product safety rule. Such a report is not a suggestion it is required by the federal Consumer Product Safety Act. As seen in the Hoover Company’s lack of disclosure, a failure to disclose defective product information can result in substantial penalties.