Retailer cited for not removing recalled products from stores

When a product recall is issued, most in Philadelphia would probably assume that retailers get to work in ensuring that product is pulled from their stores’ shelves. Indeed, it is considered to be a federal offense to continue selling a product after a recall has been issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Despite the challenges inherent with pulling a product out of circulation, companies are expected to abide by this law. A failure to do so can open organizations up to very serious liability and legal issues.

A Midwest grocery chain currently finds itself embroiled in such issues after a CPSC investigation revealed that it continued to sell nearly 1,700 products after they had been recalled. Among the recalled items that the company continued to sell were lamps and other appliances suspected of causing fires, as well as a number of different infant products. The CPSC estimates that most of these sales were made from 2010 through 2011.

The company has claimed that a third party contractor was to blame for not handling these recalls as they had previously agreed to. It recently agreed to pay upwards of $2 million to deal with the CPSC’s charges. Company leadership says that the issue of dealing with recalls will now be handled internally.

Whether by accident or by design, a company’s failure to remove dangerous drugs, foods, or other products from its shelves is difficult to justify. Those who may have been injured by such products during the time in which the company was in violation of federal statutes may choose to push for compensation. A personal injury attorney may prove to be a great asset in helping them build their cases.

Source: Daily Finance “Grocery Chain Pays Big Fine for Selling Recalled Products” Mitch Lipka, Sept. 17, 2014

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