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Products liability news: Dole announces recall of baby spinach

Many people are trying to eat healthier these days. When they go to the grocery store, they purchase fruits and vegetables they believe will help achieve that goal. Sadly, recalls of these otherwise nutritious foods happen far too often. One of the latest recalls from Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., could lead to products liability claims from consumers here in Ohio and elsewhere.

The product in question is Dole's bagged baby spinach. A random test done by the Department of Agriculture in the state where the product was bagged discovered salmonella. The voluntary recall was issued a short time thereafter. The company says that the affected products bear an expiration date of Aug. 5, 2019, which means the product is already expired.

Even so, many consumers ignore those dates because the product still looks fresh, which means that they could still consume the tainted product. The company urges anyone who purchased this product not to eat it due to the potential contamination from salmonella. Healthy people often recover from salmonella poisoning, but young children, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system could suffer serious harm.

Anyone in Ohio who consumes products contaminated by salmonella could be among those who do end up seriously ill. When that happens, significant medical expenses and other damages may be incurred as a result. It could be possible to pursue restitution for the financial and other damages associated with the disease through the filing of a products liability claim. In order to know whether this course of action would be appropriate under the circumstances, victims or their families could review the situation with an attorney experienced in these types of cases. 

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