Many companies that make cars, electronics, food, cosmetics, and drugs recall their products every year. You may have heard of recalled products in the news and, in fact, even owned products that were recalled. If you were harmed by a product that was under recall, you have probably already spoken to an attorney about your options. However, today we will help you understand the process that the FDA goes through when they issue a recall in the first place.
Understanding How an FDA Recall Works
When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) learns that a product they regulate may be a danger, they start a stringent product recall to keep others from harm. They typically find out about dangerous products in many ways including defects being discovered by the producing company, receiving a report of health problems linked to the product, noticing a health problem that is trending in the news, or conducting an inspection of a factory and finding issues. From there, the FDA will work with the product manufacturer to remove it from stores, hospitals, and offices. This is only when the product is most serious and could cause immediate harm.
The FDA classes their recalls by number. Class I is for recalls on products that could cause serious injury or death. Class II is for products that could cause serious injury or temporary illness. Lastly, Class III is for products that are unlikely to cause injury or illness, but still violate regulations.
What to do if You Own a Recalled Product
At any time, you could purchase a product that is on a recall list. You should always find out the reason why the product is being recalled, such as a certain drug you are taking so you understand whether or not you should keep taking the drug. In many cases, you should stop consuming or using the product when there is a recall, especially if it is dangerous to you or your family. If you have been injured or fallen ill due to a defective product, you may have a lawsuit against the maker or seller under product liability law. Call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi for more information on how we can help you with your case.