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For individuals in West Virginia who do not suffer from food allergies, it is unlikely that they pay special attention to the ingredient labels on the food products that they buy. Unfortunately, those with specific food allergies do not have that luxury and must check labels before buying anything in order to avoid allergic reactions, which, if severe enough, could lead to death. Therefore, it is important for all allergens to be listed on products before manufacturers release those products to the public. Unfortunately, this does not always occur and a defective product can end up on the shelves of grocery stores nationwide.

Stop & Shop has recently removed products from its store shelves. The products were sold under the name Garden Lite. The removal of the products comes after the company issued a voluntary recall on some of its food products that may or may not contain peanuts, which is an allergen that is not clearly indicated on the ingredient label.

The recalled products include Classic Cooking Kale and Quinoa Veggie Cakes, Kale and Brown Rice Veggie Bites, and Veggie Chili and Cornbread Melt. Two other products that were also included in the recall are the Kale and Quinoa and Southwestern Souffles. At this time, no injury reports have been received by Garden Lite or Stop & Shop, but there is still cause for concern. Consumers who purchased any of the affected products are being asked to bring their receipts into the stores for a refund.

A defective product that makes it onto store shelves with an unlabeled allergen can cause serious issues for consumers who are allergic to the ingredient. Victims may spend an extended period of time in the hospital, which can result in expensive medical bills and financial strain. Luckily, individuals in West Virginia who have been injured due to defective food products may be able to pursue legal claims against the manufacturers in order to hold them responsible for any harm that resulted from the ingestion of the products.

Source: CBS Boston, “Stop & Shop Removes Garden Lite Products From Shelves Following Recall“, Jan. 16, 2015