Reuters reports that Kellogg's is recalling its Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks cereals distributed nationwide with best if used by dates from March 26, 2011 until June 22, 2011. The cereal recall was commenced by Kellogg's because of an "uncharacteristic off flavor and smell" from the plastic bag placed inside its boxes.
While the company claims that the smell may produce nausea and loose stools in customers who are sensitive, the company claims that the recalled products will not cause serious illness. If it does though, it may help to speak with a Boston personal injury attorney.
According to the Huffington Post, Kellogg spokeswoman J. Adaire Putnam said that approximately 20 consumers have complained that after ingesting the cereal, that they have experienced nausea and vomiting. Over 28 million boxes of cereal are affected by this cereal recall.
The liners that have created the unpleasant smell have been used since late March, according to the Wall Street Journal. After a flow of complaints from consumers over time, Kellogg's announced the recall today. The company is now using its chemists to assess what the cause of the odor is.
Typically, any food illness lawsuit would be brought under the legal theory of product liability. A Boston personal injury attorney can assess things such as whether a food manufacturer can possibly be held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. A Boston injury lawyer will be able to tell consumers about the laws of product liability in the state of Massachusetts since there is no federal product liability law.
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