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Undeclared allergen could lead to product liability claims

Having allergies can be difficult. Food allergies in particular can have serious effects on a person, which is why proper labeling of foods and food products is essential. However, some products may be mislabeled or fail to have declared allergens on the packaging. If this mistake leads to the serious illness or injury of a person, product liability claims could result.

Ohio readers may be interested in a product recall affecting food products shipped to the state. Blue Grass Quality Meats issued a recall for over 121,000 pounds of ready-to-eat turkey products and pork bacon. The report indicated that these products contain soy, which is a known allergen for many people, but the packaging does not declare that soy is in the products.

The products, including Cajun style turkey breasts and Cajun style bacon, were produced between Oct. 29, 2018, and Nov. 19, 2019. The products were shipped to four states, including Ohio. The report did not mention whether any illnesses or other adverse effects had taken place due to individuals with a soy allergy consuming the products.

Declaring allergens on products can help prevent serious adverse reactions, some of which could be life-threatening. If individuals in Ohio did suffer ill effects after consuming the recalled product, they may face a long recovery and other struggles. If so, it may be worth their while to look into the possibility of filing a product liability claim against the company responsible for the error. Speaking with attorneys experienced in this area of law may help interested parties better understand their options.

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