Metal Fragments in Annie’s Frozen Pizza’s

An ABC News report indicates that Annie’s Inc., which makes natural and organic prepared foods, has issued a voluntary recall of its rising-crust frozen pizzas due to the possible presence of metal fragments caused by a faulty screen at a flour mill. Because these metal shavings could cause serious digestive problems if they are ingested, the company decided to recall all pizzas that may have been affected.  

Annie’s Homegrown Rising Crust frozen pizzas with “best by” dates of January 9, 2013, to September 14, 2013, are affected by the recall. Retailers have been asked to pull these products from the shelves and any consumers who believe they may have these pizzas are asked to return them to the store of purchase for a refund. 

While it is tempting to give credit to companies for the act of recalling dangerous products, most businesses are prompted by considerations other than benevolence. If a company’s products injure consumers, it is very likely that the company will be liable for damages payable to the victim. 

The question of whether a victim has a right to collect damages from a company for a defective product depends on several factors. First, the product must have been faulty in its design or in production rather than modified by the user to become dangerous. Next, the user must have been using the product in the manner in which it was intended. Finally, the product must have caused injury to the user because of its faulty design or production.

In this case, the fact that metal might be contained in the pizza dough would definitely open the question of product liability if someone was injured by ingesting this pizza. If this happened, the manufacturer’s production facility would have caused the problem, the victim would have been using the product in the manner intended, and the victim would be injured by the metal in the pizza dough.

If you believe you have been injured by a product, it is important to talk to a product liability attorney immediately.

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