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Undisclosed allergen could lead to products liability claims

Having a serious food allergy can often leave individuals on high alert when it comes to what they eat. Most Connecticut residents know that nut allergies can have serious or even fatal results in the event that a person accidentally ingests a nut. Because of these potential outcomes, correct labeling on food products is vital. If a product is improperly labeled and a person suffers as a result, a products liability claim may be warranted.

It was recently reported that General Mills, Inc. issued a recall due to a potential allergen that was not properly disclosed. Apparently, the Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Raisin Granola packaging did not list almonds as an ingredient on the label. Because almonds can act as a serious allergen to many individuals, the possibility exists that certain consumers could suffer if they eat the product.

At the time of the report, there had been no reports of illnesses in relation to the product. Nonetheless, consumers were urged to throw out the product and return to their place of purchase for a refund. It was noted that this recall should not negatively impact individuals who do not have an almond allergy.

Even when individuals take precautions to avoid their allergens, situations such as this one in which ingredients are not listed could put people at serious risk. If Connecticut residents have suffered serious effects due to this product or similar issues with other products, they may wonder whether they have grounds to pursue legal action. Finding out information on products liability claims could help them determine whether they may wish to file such a claim.

Source: ctpost.com, "Granola recalled for almonds", Amanda Cuda, Oct. 10, 2017

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