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Organic chocolates recalled in Tennessee and other states

Tennessee residents may have heard that Health Matters America Inc., which is located in Cheektowaga, N.Y., has issued a recall of the certain Organic Traditions brand chocolates and is urging consumers to return the product to retail stores for a full refund. The products are being recalled due to the presence of milk, which was not declared on the products packaging, and the action follows tests conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The reported dangerous products affected by the recall include number of products containing dark chocolate and various nuts that were packaged in 3.5- and 8-ounce bags and distributed in cartons containing bulk bags. They were distributed to Tennessee, the nearby state of Virginia and other states across the country.

According to a report, the inclusion of milk may have been the result of cross contamination during processing at a foreign manufacturer. While there have been no reports of illness related to the consumption of the products, consumers with a milk allergy run the risk of serious reactions and illness if the product is consumed.

If injury related to the consumption of the contaminated product occurs, the company who produced and distributed it may be liable for damages. In order to pursue compensation, victims may choose to file a personal injury claim in civil court against the manufacturer. Through that action, the victims may be awarded funds that reimburse them for medical expenses stemming from treatment of injuries and wages lost while recovering. Working with a personal injury lawyer that has experience litigating cases involving dangerous products may be able to help victims throughout that process and might represent them in settlement negotiations.

Source: The Mercury News, "Organic chocolates recalled for undeclared milk", December 12, 2013

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