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Dangerous product: Possible listeria outbreak from Walmart fruit

Consumers can trust that most of what they buy at a store is safe for them and their families. However, there are instances where a dangerous product makes it to market that can seriously harm a consumer. One example is when contaminated food ends up being sold before a company realizes the potential danger. Kentucky families may be interested to know about a recent product recall affecting this state for food that may contain Listeria.

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced the recall, which is voluntary. It originally recalled different varieties of cut fruit but was expanded to include several other fresh fruit products. For now, the recall is only precautionary, as they have not had any confirmed reports of sickness. The products were sold at Walmart in several different states, including Kentucky.

The company responsible for the fruit said that the FDA detected Listeria on some of the company’s equipment during an inspection. The affected equipment was located in the packing area close to the packaging site for the affected fruits. Consumers have been advised to throw out the fruit rather than eat it.

While it remains to be seen if this particular product recall will cause any Kentucky consumers to become ill, this incident shows just how quickly contaminated food can make it into a family’s home. If someone happened to eat food contaminated with Listeria, it could make the individual gravely ill, even causing death in certain cases. Someone who gets sick or has a loved one die because of a dangerous product may have grounds for filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim with the assistance of an attorney. This kind of thing should never happen, but if it does, due to a company’s negligence, it is possible to hold responsible parties financially accountable.