Earlier this week, Seltzer’s Palmyra Bologna Company announced a voluntary recall of approximately 23,000 pounds of their Seltzer’s Regular Beef Lebanon Bologna. The company initiated the recall after reports of potential E. coli contamination along the east coast. Thus far there have been four individual reports of E. coli poisoning since the beginning of this year in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. From a Pembroke Pines Product Liability Attorney’s perspective, the news of E. coli poisoning is frightening, given the serious potential for illness. The defective products were distributed to both the east and west coasts, specifically to the following states: California, Colorado, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania.
As of yet, there has not been any news regarding a personal injury lawsuit or news of any significant injuries. The Food Safety and Inspection Service release detailing the specific package numbers being recalled can be found here.
As a Pembroke Pines Products Liability Lawyer it is very good to see a company handle a recall in such a professional manner, by accepting responsibility and protecting its consumers. It was great to read Seltzer’s Palmyra officials use terms such as acting “out of an abundance of caution.” This demonstrates to me that the company understands its mistake and that it is making practical business and legal decisions.
Rather than avoid the upfront recall expense the company is getting out ahead of the curve and ensuring that consumer safety is the top priority. This is a smart move because trying to avoid this issue by hoping no one gets sick would most likely lead to a defective products lawsuit.
Acting to prevent a products liability lawsuit and limit their liability is a sound move. This variation of E. coli, known as E. coli O157:H7 commonly causes food poisoning, yet if left undiscovered, it can cause serious illness and inflict devastating symptoms. If someone were to get sick as a direct result of consuming the contaminated bologna, then the potential would exist for a personal injury attorney to file a lawsuit on the plaintiff’s behalf.
As a Pembroke Pines Personal Injury Attorney, I suggest that South Florida residents pay attention to the news and to always be on the lookout for product recalls. It is important to be in the know because the consequences of consuming or using a defective product can be extremely dangerous. It is good to see that Seltzer’s Palmyra is being proactive and aiming to limit any health risks for its consumers.