Whenever a person purchases food, whether it be from a grocery store, gas station, or restaurant, a relationship of trust is implicit between everyday customers and the businesses providing the products they pay for. Americans are fortunate enough to live in a society where, most of the time, the food we eat and the water we drink can be counted on for its safety, taste, and quality.
However, negligence and poor oversight is unavoidable in many cases, and a simple accident on one company’s part can lead to serious injury and disease implications for consumers. One food company that has been a trusted name for decades both here in Tennessee and across the nation recently instituted a voluntary recall of their product-one that signals a lapse in quality and a possible product liability case.
Bumble Bee Tuna, a company whose canned tuna products can be found in almost every supermarket and grocery store across the nation, announced earlier this month that many of its 5-ounce chunk white albacore tuna and chunk light tuna need to be recalled and thrown out after finding that many of the cans sent out to the public did not meet internal standards for seal tightness.
The San Diego food company noted that loose seals on its cans could lead to spoiled tuna, a very real problem that may cause those who eat their fish to become seriously ill. Although no instances of sickness as a result of the improperly packaged tuna have been reported, the ubiquity of Bumble Bee’s products and the trust that many place in the brand could very well rise to such a case.
Product liability situations often arise when we least expect them, in situations usually based on long-term trust. However, serious injury and even death can result from the smallest oversight on a company’s part, and those who have suffered in such cases do have legal options available to them. Working with a personal injury attorney can make these options a reality for just compensation.
Source: Reuters, “Bumble Bee expands recall of -ounce cans of tuna,” Jane Sutton, Mar. 8, 2013