It was not that long ago that an investigation into consumer fraud uncovered a major problem in the seafood industry that had the potential of putting the health of many people at risk. That investigation reported on by ABC news back in October 2011 indicated that as much as 48% of fish tested that was for sale in stores and restaurants, was incorrectly labeled and was in fact, a less expensive variety. The fish was mislabeled as a more expensive species of fish and fetched a higher retail price. In effect, the less costly fish was being sold at a much higher profit margin as a more expensive and desirable fish. A new report on mislabeled seafood in December 2012 by CBS indicates that this problem is still ongoing.
While this finding at first glance is of concern as a consumer fraud, it is of much greater concern in that it can put many people at risk of serious health issues and possibly even death. People with seafood allergies, small children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems can become very sick, some individuals may even die if they have been exposed to any seafood to which they are allergic or experience severe health complications because of a compromised immune system. Some of the mislabeled seafood was known to be contaminated with Mercury putting pregnant women and small children at risk.
Consumer Research Indicates Common Grocery Items May Be Mislabeled
Now consumer research groups have reported that their investigations have uncovered many regular grocery items whose food labels do not accurately reflect what is in the package. If the price of a food item seems too good to be true it is not far-fetched to be suspicious that it might not be everything it is supposed to be. According to the FDA, some of the food items which consumers should be cautious about include:
- Pomegranate juice - labeled 100% juice was found to often contain other fruit juices and sugar water
- Olive oil - found to be diluted with less expensive vegetable oils
- Spices - saffron, turmeric, and chili powder found diluted or replaced with less expensive spices/fillers
- White tuna - often found to be less expensive Escolar known to contribute to a type of food poisoning
- Lemon juice, fruit juices, jams - foreign produced products found contaminated with chemicals to make them look fresh squeezed
- Honey, maple syrup - found high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners used to enhance sweetness
- Coffee, Tea - found with fillers added to ground coffee & teas to increase volume
FDA Says If The Price is Too Good To Be True It Probably Is
The FDA says don't be afraid to contact a manufacturer if you have any questions about their ingredients and food sources, that if it seems like a deal that is too good to be true it probably is, and you should try using whole foods like coffee you grind yourself and fresh lemons.
Not all of these fraudulently labeled foods will affect the health of an individual, but someone with a particular allergy is at risk of having a serious health injury if they unknowingly eat a food whose label does not accurately reflect its ingredients. Some individuals can have a severe reaction when exposed to a substance to which they are allergic and they can go into anaphylactic shock and die if not treated quickly. Food is the most common cause of anaphylactic shock.
If you live in Atlanta or north Georgia and your health has been seriously impacted due to bad food or because of any mislabeled food you can get help from an Atlanta bad food attorney. By seeking compensation from the manufacturer or business responsible for food poisoning or fraudulently labeled food you can help to hold the food industry accountable and encourage them to clean up their act. Compensation can also help cover the cost of medical bills, loss of wages, pain & suffering, and more that you experienced due to the fault of another.
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The Teiger Law Center has experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys who are ready to help accident injury victims and victims of other types of serious injury like food poisoning, medical negligence and more that was due to the fault of another. We serve clients in the Metro Atlanta and north Georgia area.