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Beer recall highlights issues with defective packaging

Sierra Nevada is a popular brand of domestic bottled beer. Consumers in Ohio have been enjoying a variety of beers from this company for years without issue. Unfortunately for those who enjoy Sierra Nevada beers, the company issued a recall for eight brands of their bottled brews.

The reason for the recall is a manufacturing flaw. As many as one in every 10,000 bottles recently distributed by Sierra Nevada Brewing may have had chips occur to the bottles. The bottle flaw could result in a small piece of the bottle breaking off and settling into the beer. Clearly, that poses a serious risk of injury to those who consume the beer from the flawed bottles.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to glass in a bottle of Sierra Nevada beer, you can speak with a legal professional. An experienced personal injury attorney with a background in tainted food products could help determine if the injuries sustained warrant legal action.

Sierra Nevada recall involved eight beers and 36 states

There are 36 states involved in the Sierra Nevada recall, and Ohio is one of them. The affected beers by Sierra Nevada Brewing include their popular Pale Ale, Hop Hunter IPA , Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Tropical Torpedo, Nooner, Beer Camp Golden IPA, Otra Vez and Torpedo Extra IPA. You can return the beer for compensation to the retailer where you bought it. Alternatively, consumers can contact the company for disposal at 1-800-596-7835.

This beer recall is intended to prevent consumer injuries

In this specific case, the recall is voluntary, meaning the company initiated the recall because of an internal report. Someone discovered the bottle flaw during a recent inspection of their North Carolina facility. So far, there are no reports of injured consumers. The company estimates that only one in 10,000 bottles contain the glass shards. They promptly initiated the recall to prevent any consumer injuries. The company corrected the problem and is no longer producing the chipped bottles.

If, however, someone who drinks Sierra Nevada cut their mouth, trachea or digestive system by accidentally drinking a small piece of glass prior to the recall, he or she has a right to pursue a claim for damages for any injuries. Glass, even in small pieces, can have jagged and sharp edges. It can do serious damage to the soft tissues inside a human mouth, throat and stomach.

Tainted food products can cause real injury or illness

There's a reason, other than altruism, why companies often voluntarily recall products when a flaw or potential contaminant is found. They are trying to limit their liability. Sometimes, however, the recall only happens after a string of injuries or illnesses. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or accident from a malfunctioning or tainted product, an attorney who is familiar with Ohio's product liability laws may be able to assist you.

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