Atlanta Products Liability Injury Attorney Addresses Unsafe Foods
Just in time for the summer grilling season, a hot dog manufacturer issued a recall on some of its products. Those hot dogs are not the only unsafe food on the market today. As a result of the death of a teenager, new warnings have been issued about the dangers of caffeine. While these incidents are seemingly unrelated, they do beg the question of whether the food we consume daily is in fact safe.
Manufacturers of consumer products owe the public a duty of care to send safe products into the stream of commerce. Manufacturers must issue recalls if they become aware of the dangers an item poses to consumers. In discharging the duty owned to the consuming public, John Morrell and Company has issued a recall for their ready-to-eat hot dogs. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the hot dogs may contain some contaminate, believed to be metal. The company recalled 210,606 pounds of hot dogs over the threat of contamination.
According to the company and the USDA, the following products are those subject to recall:
• 14 oz. sealed film packages containing "Nathan's SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS," with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017.
• 16 oz. sealed film packages containing "Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks," with a Use By date of June 15, 2017.
The potentially contaminated products were shipped nationwide. Consumers should look for the label marked "EST. 296" on the side of the package. The company issued the recall after three consumers complained about finding metal in their food. The USDA stated in a press release that no injuries or adverse consequences of consuming the metal-laden hot dogs have been reported to the company.
The company, in conjunction with the USDA, urges consumers to discard the potentially contaminated hot dogs or return any unopened packages to the establishment from which they were purchased. To ensure consumer safety, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is taking steps to ensure consumer and retail compliance with the recall.
The USDA classified this most recent recall as a Class II situation. The USDA categorizes food recalls according to the relative health risks presented. Class I is the most urgent because the food has a high probability of causing serious risk of death or illness. A Class II recall indicates a remote risk of illness. A Class III recall indicates that the food poses no health risk. Consumers should contact the USDA helpline if they have any questions or concerns.
New Warnings Have Been Issued About the Dangers of Caffeine
The health risks of caffeine consumption have garnered attention recently with the death of a teenager from overdosing on caffeine. According to doctors, the death of a 16-year-old boy from caffeine overdose is an extreme situation. However, doctors are now recognizing the problems emerging from children consuming highly caffeinated "energy" beverages. One doctor said the problem emerges during the spring when students are cramming for final exams. Caffeine is a stimulant and can cause arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. Doctors caution teens to consume no more than 100 milligrams per day of caffeine. Adults should have no more than 400 milligrams per day. For ease of reference, one cup of coffee contains 100 milligrams of caffeine. Teens are consuming energy drinks and caffeinated sodas that have 250 milligrams of caffeine. This amount of caffeine can cause massive adverse effects on the heart.
Now that this sad case has received publicity, the energy drink manufacturers are on notice that they are selling a dangerous product and might owe the consuming public a duty to warn and label their drinks sufficiently to convey the hazards of caffeine overdose.
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