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Products liability: Crunch Pak Apple Slices recalled

Apparently, the process of testing a sample pack of Crunch Pak Tart Apple Slices prompted the recall of 5471 cases of apple slices due to positive results for Listeria monocytogenes. This products liability recall was a voluntary action taken by the company to address even the smallest risk to the health of consumers. A spokesman said that the company's commitment to food safety is of paramount importance and will remain as such.

New Jersey residents may want to ensure their families don't consume any of the affected products. No illnesses linked to this recall have been reported, but the FDA urges retailers, consumers and distribution centers to check any Crunch Pak Apple Slices they may have on their shelves. Information supplied by the CDC stated that anybody with listeriosis usually develops fever combined with muscle aches. This condition is occasionally preceded by diarrhea and gastrointestinal symptoms. However, symptoms may vary by infected individuals, typically affecting pregnant women, newborns and the elderly and people whose immune systems are compromised.

When an individual is harmed by a defective product, those involved in the manufacturing and sale of the product can often be held responsible. This is called product liability, and it refers to those in the distribution chain including the product's manufacturer, a manufacturer of components, the wholesaler and the retail store that sold the product to the consumer. The law requires that a product meet certain expectations for safety.

New Jersey residents may wish to be aware that when a product does not meet those standards, it is considered defective. If that defect caused injuries to any person while using a product, that person retains the right to file a products liability claim in a court of law. In a successfully litigated case, they may be able to obtain compensation for those injuries, something that can help relieve the financial pain they may be enduring along with the physical.

Source:, Nationwide recall for Crunch Pak apple slices, Antonia, Nov. 20, 2013

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