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Possible salmonella in berries may mean product liability claims

While most food products that people buy in stores are perfectly safe to eat, occasionally one that can make people sick finds its way to market. A food contaminated with dangerous bacteria can harm people, sometimes even proving fatal. When this happens, companies may have to face product liability claims over their negligence in allowing a dangerous product to make it to the public. A recent food recall that affected Oklahoma may mean that one company has avoided this possibility, but only time will tell.

The recall was issued for organic elderberries. The berries may contain salmonella, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, a headache and more. In extreme cases, it can cause an infection that may lead to a person’s death. Older people, young children and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk, though so far there are no reports of anyone becoming sick.

It is not clear how the berries may have gotten contaminated, but the supplier to the grocery chain that sells the berries notified retailers who have since issued the recall. Twenty different states, including Oklahoma, have been notified about the possible contamination. Consumers have been encouraged to either throw out the product or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Although it is hoped that the particular incident will not result in anyone getting sick, there are times when companies fail to take the proper steps to keep consumers safe. Anyone who has gotten sick or lost a loved one due to consuming a dangerous product may want to consider civil litigation. A product liability claim could result in a judgment for monetary damages that could make a world of difference to a devastated family. Those here in Oklahoma who want more information about what this might entail can reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help a family hold a company accountable.