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E. coli risk could lead to product liability claims

Most people do their grocery shopping without much thought and consider it a mundane activity. They may have certain brands that they gravitate toward due to taste or quality preference, but they may not think about whether the ingredients may have been contaminated. Unfortunately, contamination can happen for a number of reasons, and if ill effects result from the consumption of a contaminated product, product liability claims may be warranted.

Ohio residents may be interested in a recent recall that affects a product in the state. According to reports, Brand Castle, LLC, is voluntarily recalling glass jars of cookie and brownie mix. The mixes come in 25 and 32 ounce jars and contain flour that may have been contaminated with E. coli. ADM Milling Co. provided the flour to Brand Castle for the mixes and has recalled the flour due to a single lot code being affected by E. coli.

At the time of the report, there had been no reports of illnesses resulting from consumption of the products. However, E. coli can present serious health risks, especially to young children and the elderly. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and severe stomach cramps. Kidney failure could also result in particularly vulnerable parties. Specific to Ohio, the brand distributed The Grinch Sugar Cookie Mix with Sprinkles and Arctic Chill Chocolate Mint Cookie Mix, the latter being product samples only.

Any time a product presents a serious health or safety risk to consumers, it is important that those risks are addressed and recalls issued if necessary. Unfortunately, not everyone can avoid the products before serious adverse effects occur. If Ohio residents have been negatively affected by the product involved in this recall or by others, it may be wise to gain information on product liability claims.

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