Multiple products have recently caught media attention after their respective manufacturers announced that they contain tainted powdered milk. Publix Super Markets recalled some of its pancake and waffle mixes, due to the presence of contaminated powdered milk. The grocery store chain also encouraged consumers to check their cupboards and immediately return any products that may contain the contaminated powdered milk. The contaminated mixes were distributed at Publix locations in multiple states, including South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
The second recall also involved pancake and waffle mix. According to the FDA, the pancake and waffle mix varieties contain powdered milk that is contaminated with salmonella. The contamination happened at a manufacturing facility where powdered milk intended for use in various food products is manufactured. The Stonewall Kitchen pancake and waffle mixes affected by the contamination include three flavors: toasted coconut, orange cranberry, and cinnamon apple. They were sold at locations across the United States through direct retail sales through retailers like Macy’s, catalog orders, and wholesale.
According to Stonewall Kitchen, pathogenic bacteria were not found in the powdered products, but the manufacturer initiated a recall out of an abundance of caution. Consumers should immediately return any affected product and refrain from consuming it. Although the notice announcing the recall for the Stonewall Kitchen products containing Salmonella-contaminated milk did not specific the milk supplier involved, Publix indicated that the two recalls were related.
The contaminated milk situation was so serious that armed U.S. Marshals completed a seizure of powdered nonfat milk and buttermilk products on November 30. In September, the FDA concluded that one manufacturer, Valley Milk Products, had identified the presence of Salmonella in their plant and in some of their finished products. If a facility is aware that its products are contaminated with an adulterant or known contaminant, it must take steps to immediately remove those products from the market and to cease production until the contamination is resolved.
If you have become ill as a result of consuming a contaminated food item, you can bring a claim against all of the companies and individuals who were involved with the making, manufacturing, processing, distribution, and preparation of that product. There are multiple causes of action that are commonly asserted in food contamination cases, including product liability, negligence, and breach of express and implied warranties. Knowing which defendants you should name in your lawsuit and gathering enough evidence to support your claim are two important aspects of seeking compensation.
At Moll Law Group, our Salmonella attorneys have assisted many food contamination victims with seeking compensation for their illnesses and injuries. Serving victims nationwide, including in Florida, California, and Texas, we understand the complex nature of these cases and have the experience it takes to pursue the settlement or judgment that you deserve. We offer a free consultation to help you learn more about your legal rights and the options available to you. Call us at 312-462-1700 or contact us online to set up your free consultation today.