Over the weekend, it was announced that over 95,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners are being recalled. The products may contain "classic cheese dogs" in the packages instead of regular hot dogs.
Although some may think of this mix-up as minor, the USDA classified the recall at its highest level of importance, meaning that there is "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." The reason the mistake is so serious is that the hot dogs contain pasteurized cheese, which was formulated with milk. Milk is a known allergen. The product was discovered by a consumer and was reported on April 18.
The products which have been recalled include 16 oz. packages of "Classic Wieners made with turkey & chicken, pork added" with an expiration date of June 16, 2014. In addition, cases of 16 oz. packages of the same product have also been recalled. The products were distributed to Kraft distribution centers and retail stores across the country. Fortunately, thus far no one has reported any allergic reaction to the company or to the USDA.
Food allergies are serious. Many people can have deadly allergic reactions to all types of foods, including milk, gluten, nuts, and more. They rely on food labels to keep them from accidently ingesting the wrong foods and suffering an allergic reaction. If a company fails to warn the consumer of the correct ingredients in a certain food product, and the consumer is harmed as a result, the company can be held legally liable, and can be required to pay compensation to the consumer.
If you have suffered an allergic reaction, or another health problem such as food poisoning, from the food you ate, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. We will be happy to help you with your case. You can also visit us on Twitter to learn more.