Trader Joe’s, the major grocery chain, recently announced that it is recalling applesauce products due to the possible presence of glass shards in the food containers. The recall, which is being issued voluntarily, was deemed necessary by Trader Joe’s officials after the company received reports of consumers finding glass particles in the products.
The recalled applesauce items include Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce, Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce. The first two products were reportedly sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores throughout the U.S., including Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, while the third product was sold at Trader Joe’s stores located in 13 states.
Trader Joe’s has already removed the recalled applesauce from store shelves, according to a press release issued by the grocery store company. The business has also asked consumers who already bought the defective food products to avoid opening the jars. The company’s press release explicitly instructed consumers to not eat the applesauce.
The expiration dates on the recalled applesauce products are August 8, 2017 and October 6, 2018. This means that consumers who may have purchased the recalled food items need to be very careful and check their cabinets and refrigerators. Anyone who has one of the recalled applesauce containers should either discard the item or return it to Trader Joe’s for a full refund on the purchase price.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is assisting with the Trader Joe’s product recall, which is standard for these types of voluntary recalls.
Although the applesauce recall was voluntary, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Trader Joe’s executives are issuing the recall out of the goodness of their hearts. Since all of the recalled items are distributed as “unsweetened” applesauce under the Trader Joe’s label, the grocery chain would potentially be liable if any consumers suffered injuries or illnesses as a result of consuming the defective food products.
At this time, it is unclear if anyone has suffered an injury while eating the recalled applesauce. In the event that a consumer was injured, or became ill, due to consumption of the Trader Joe’s applesauce, it is possible that the injured consumer could file a product liability lawsuit against both the grocery chain and the product manufacturer.
If you have been injured while using a defective product or while consuming a defective food item, you need to speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer. The experienced personal injury and product liability attorneys at the Abelson Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us now to schedule a consultation about your case.