A food recall is a sign that a mistake has been made in the production of a product. It could involve suppliers, factory cleanliness, transportation spoilage or any number of other factors that happen when food is produced. A food company has to fulfill a responsibility put out for sale only food that is safe for consumption. In Georgia, a recall is a serious issue for those who have consumed a recalled product. It’s also a serious concern for the maker of the food because of product liability.
Nestlé issued a recall for two of its popular Hot Pocket brand snacks. The decision was made because one of the meat suppliers, Rancho Feeding, is recalling some of its meat. Nestlé recalled its Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese along with the Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets. There were around 238,000 cases of the two products that were recalled. Rancho Feeding is recalling about 8.7 million pounds of its meat because they were not fully inspected and may have contained diseased animals.
If a food product is available for sale, it has to meet strict guidelines set by federal and state guidelines. If someone eats a contaminated product, the first step is to see a doctor and get help. If a company puts out a product that contains harmful bacteria, like salmonella, that can lead to a serious illness they may be liable for negligence. Being informed on the proper steps to take in Georgia is important.
The last thing anyone wants to worry about is whether the food purchased in a grocery store is safe or not. Unfortunately, sometimes contaminations occur and companies try their best to recall items that are dangerous. Even something as simple as a frozen Hot Pocket can contain contaminated meat.
Source: CNBC.com, “Hot Pockets recalled after meat found ‘unfit for human food’,” Katie Little, Feb. 19, 2014