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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a product recall

All Ohio residents have heard of a product being recalled at one time or another. However, most probably do not know how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decides whether to recall a product. If you would like to learn more about how an FDA product recall works, you should continue reading.

There are generally four ways in which the FDA learns about a dangerous or defective product. In many cases, a product manufacturer hears about issues from consumers, contacts the FDA and voluntarily issues a recall of its own. Other times, reporting systems that are in place alert the FDA to potential problems.

The FDA can also learn about product issues from inspections of manufacturing plants. Occasionally, such inspections reveal problems with products due to a lack of quality control or, in the case of food products, unsanitary conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can also notify the FDA of potential problems, which can lead to a product recall. This is an especially common way for the FDA to learn about foods that are causing illnesses in consumers.

Regardless of how the FDA learns of an issue, Ohio residents who suffer injuries or illnesses due to the use of recalled products may be eligible to file product liability claims. If you or someone in your family was affected by a product recall, you may find yourself confused by the process of filing a claim. If so, you may benefit from the help that an experienced personal injury attorney can provide.

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