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Product recall takes Twinkies off the shelves


A few weeks into the month of January and many New Jersey residents have made New Year's resolutions regarding weight loss. While some may still be hitting the gym or watching what they eat, some others may have decided to simply eat what they enjoy. Unfortunately, for those who recently purchased packages of certain Twinkies from store shelves, the snack might come with a product liability issue.

Hostess, the company behind the iconic snack, has issued a product recall out of caution regarding its white peppermint holiday Twinkies. While no reports of illness have been reported, the company noted that the snacks contain a candy coating which had previously been recalled by its manufacturer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated that the recall was a precautionary measure. If consumers have purchased this particular product, with UPC 888109111571, they should avoid eating it and dispose of it as soon as possible.

The potentially-damaging snacks had been sold across the United States, from dollar stores to mass merchandisers and, of course, grocery stores. The Twinkies were in nine-package boxes, which each Twinkie individually wrapped. The Hostess company has provided a toll-free number for consumers to call if they have questions about the snack.

It's not unusual for product recalls of edible foods to occur because of fears over a salmonella outbreak. Salmonella symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea. It poses a particularly serious risk to the elderly and immunosuppressed individuals, as well as to younger people.

Defective consumer products can cause a real risk to shape up if they are not removed from shelves immediately. People who may not be aware of recalls might have a dangerous product in their house for weeks, months or even years without knowing it. The effects of eating or drinking a dangerous product, though, are often unmistakable. A skilled products liability attorney can help those impacted by defective household products.

Source: Fox News, "Twinkies recalled for possible salmonella contamination," Jan. 10, 2017

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