Earlier this March, Unilever recalled Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter. The reason for this most recent peanut butter recall is a fear of Salmonella contamination. As readers of this blog may know, this is not the first Salmonella related recall this month. Although Florida was not one of the states where the peanut butter was distributed, it is still important to know when recalls of such common products occur. Furthermore, the recall affects states such as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and as Plantation Products Liability Attorney, I know that is where many family members of South Florida residents live. For a full list of the states affected, please see the FDA Recall Report.
The total number of units being recalled is not known at this time. It is also unknown as to whether anyone has gotten sick from the peanut butter. As a Plantation Products Liability Lawyer, it is also important to remember that the Salmonella hasn’t been confirmed yet; it is only being reported as “possible”.
When a product is found defective, such as if it contains Salmonella, the manufacturer has failed to ensure that consumers are receiving a product safe for consumption. The potential for a products liability lawsuit stems from the fact that the company could be found liable under the applicable jurisdiction’s products liability laws. The allegation of liability could result from failing to have adequate safety measures, testing and the like, to prevent an unsafe product from reaching the market. A products liability attorney would have to discern the details of the case to figure out which type of liability applies to the facts at hand, as there happen to be several different variations.
Even though this appears to be a limited recall, we have to remember that it is still very scary for the consumers that bought the peanut butter. Let’s hope that no one gets sick and that all illnesses are avoided.