Over the weekend the candy makers, Toxic Waste, initiated a product recall of their Short Circuit Bubble Gum. The company recalled the bubble gum due to high amounts of lead. Only one production lot is being recalled, but the gum from this lot had lead levels of 0.189 parts per million, which is almost twice the legal limit. The product was sold across the country, so if you purchased this product, please check the full FDA report via this link in order to determine if your package is being recalled. As a Fort Lauderdale Product Liability Attorney, it is important to note that depending on each state’s laws, Toxic Waste could be found liable in a product liability lawsuit for any serious injuries that result from this contamination.
Unfortunately, this isn’t Toxic Waste’s first recall this year. This casts a negative light on the company’s ability to monitor the safety of its products. It is Toxic Waste’s duty to uphold a certain standard of care when they produce their candy. The candy must be fit for consumption, and clearly with a lead content that is close to double the legal limit, they are not living up to that standard. As a Fort Lauderdale Product Liability Attorney those are the first thoughts that come to mind from a legal perspective.
Luckily, no one has suffered any injuries as a result of the high lead content in the Short Circuit Bubble Gum. This is extremely fortunate because lead poisoning is very dangerous as detailed here. Should anyone, especially a child, consume high amounts of lead, the consequences can be disastrous, even fatal. Lead poisoning can affect both mental and physical development.
Hypothetically speaking, the company could be found liable in a product liability lawsuit regarding this recall. As a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer, it goes without saying that I hope no one gets sick from the bubble gum, because the consequences have the potential to be so dire. This is just another example of how you can never be too careful. If you purchased the Toxic Waste Short Circuit Bubble Gum, the most important thing is to check your UPC code against the recalled batch on the FDA website to make sure that you do not consume lead.
Perhaps after this latest recall Toxic Waste will increase its safety testing to prevent any other dangerous products from reaching the market. This is especially true for a product like bubble gum that so many children consume on a daily basis.