Del Monte has recalled close to 60,000 cantaloupes after receiving twelve reports of Salmonella contamination. The FDA is leading the recall, which primarily affects large warehouse stores, similar to Costco. The cantaloupes were sold in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Thus, as a Products Liability Attorney in Weston, I am happy to announce that South Florida is not at risk of suffering injury because of the contaminated cantaloupes.
The cantaloupes all come from a farm in Guatemala, which has stopped production since the decision to initiate a recall. There haven’t been any reports of personal injury lawsuits, nor have there been any reports of serious illness. The full FDA recall report detailing the affected cartons can be found here.
As a Weston Products Liability Attorney, I am curious as to why these units weren’t inspected more thoroughly and how they passed safety testing in the first place. If someone were to become very sick after eating a cantaloupe infected with Salmonella, then Del Monte could potentially be found liable in a defective product lawsuit, depending on that jurisdiction’s products liability laws. The Salmonella poisoning could result in a personal injury lawsuit, should someone’s symptoms not subside within the normal time span for this type of bacteria.
As a Weston Personal Injury Lawyer, I hope that no one develops serious symptoms and that this recall serves to contain the spread of the Salmonella cantaloupes. I also hope that Del Monte makes the adequate improvements to its quality control program for fresh produce. Typically, the positive that results from a recall is that a company improves it product quality and safety standards. These improvements should benefit consumers as a whole by decreasing the likelihood that more defective products reach the market, which in turn prevents any possibility for a products liability lawsuit.