FDA says don’t eat raw cookie dough amid flour recall, E. coli outbreak — fox8.com

A lot of people know about the danger of salmonella poisoning from uncooked eggs in raw cookie dough — but fewer may be aware of the danger posed by flour. The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat raw cookie dough or batter because of raw flour. This, in the wake of an E. coli outbreak linked to flour produced by General Mills that infected at least 38 people in 20 states. The company ended up voluntarily […]

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What are your rights if a safety warning or recall is issued on a product? — The Scottish Sun

CHOCOLATES with potentially-deadly salmonella or tumble dryers that catch fire: These are just a few of the products that have led to safety alerts in the past year. Last year, a range of food safety organisations investigated more than 2,200 foods and environmental contamination incidents across the UK. Whirlpool issued a safety warning for faulty dryers under the Indesit, Hotpoint, Creda and Proline brand names, originally in 2015 but it updated the notice last year to inform customers they should not use machines affected by the default. This doesn’t even include products such as electricals, household appliances or motors (remember those exploding air bags?). Recalls are essentially an important means of protecting consumers from dangerous goods. So what should you do if a product you use has been recalled? And where can you check for the latest recalls. Here is what you need to know: What is a product recall ? And is similar to a safety notice? When consumers read about product recalls they will usually be safety alerts issued by a manufacturer or a retailer following the discovery of a concern with a product. Just yesterday Poundworld recalled items from a children’s Halloween costume amid fears that they put the wearer’s safety at risk. Cath Kidston kids’ drinking bottles were urgently recalled in September amid choking fears It does not necessarily mean that the item in your possession is one of the faulty products, but it is a warning that it might not be safe to use. Depending on the type of safety notice issued, manufacturers have different responsibilities to customers. A recall – when the manufacturer must call back a dangerous product – is the most severe level of safety notice. A company will sometimes issue a recall to limit the number of complaints made against them. But often firms get away with issuing a safety notice to inform customers that the item could be dangerous. Alex Neill, from consumer group Which? told the Sun Online:”The current product safety system means consumers are responsible for registering products and checking manufacturers’ websites for recalls, when more responsibility should lie with manufacturers.” Where can I check if the product I am using has been recalled? Sadly, there’s no central database that lists all the recalls across the UK. This makes it more difficult for consumers to actually know if the products they are using are safe. But some websites do list the most recent product recalls: For food you can check a list of food alerts on the Food standards Agency’s website. A variety of the most recent recalls and safety notices are listed on the Chartered Trading Institute website. For car & vehicle recalls you can visit the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). For electrical products, you can check the Electrical Safety First’s list. Check alerts and recalls for drugs and medical devices on the Government’s website. You can search for EU-wide product safety warnings on the EU Commission’s rapid alert system website. What can I do to stay safe ? If you are concerned about the safety of a product you own, always check the manufacturer’s website to see if a safety notice was issued recently. Remember to register your electrical appliance on RegisterMyAppliance. The onus is usually on you – the customer – to register the appliance with the manufacturer as if you don’t there is no way of contacting you to tell you about a fault. This will make it easier for manufacturers to contact you in case of a recall. FIRE WARNING The 10 domestic appliances most likely to catch fire revealed as report finds they cause FIVE fires a day If you become aware that an item you own has been recalled or has any safety noticed issued against it, make sure you follow the instructions given to you by the manufacturer. You can also check the manufacturer’s or retailer’s website for more information. The manufacturer should usually provide you with more information and a contact number on its safety notice. [bc_video video_id=”5571109979001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” caption=”Watch this Hotpoint tumble dryer as it catches fire​ ​in the middle of”] In some cases, the manufacturer might arrange for the faulty product to be collected. In others cases, you will have to bring back the product yourself. You should not be charged for any recall work – such as a repair, replacement or collection of the recalled item. What if I get hurt? Under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, anyone who has been harmed by an unsafe product – even if you didn’t buy it yourself – can sue the manufacturer. The amount of money that can be claimed will depend on the harm suffered and there is no upper limit to the compensation you’ll get. You can sue if you sustain a personal injury bur also if there was damage to your private property caused by faulty goods. The value of the damage must be more than £275. If you take on the case and don’t win then you should be aware that you could be liable for any legal costs – and those of the company too. [boxout headline=”HOW TO CHECK IF AN APPLIANCE IS FAULTY” intro=”A tool by Electrical Safety First allows you to check if your appliance has been recalled since 2007.”] The Chartered Institute of Trading Standards also has a list of recent product recalls on it site. You can also register your details with a manufacturer as soon as you buy an item. You can do this directly or register with the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances service and they will tell you when a product is recalled or a safety alert is issued. [/boxout] [article-rail-section title=”” posts_category=”0″ query_type=”popular”] We pay for your stories! 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