A company which makes a protein powder distributed throughout the nation has ceased production due to claims of food poisoning suffered after consuming it. The alleged defective products have been circulating the consumer market since Nov. 2014. Hawaii residents might wish to investigate the current recall in case they are in possession of the product in question.
Seventeen illnesses were reported in conjunction with consumer use of Aloha Premium Protein powders. Customers complained of gastrointestinal illnesses which presented symptoms known to be associated with staphylococcal food poisoning after ingesting the powder. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the staphylococcus bacterium is known to produce toxins which cause stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea when transmitted through food. Due to the multiple reports of illnesses apparently associated with the product, the company has ceased production in an effort to assist manufacturers, packers, distributors and suppliers in search of any possible source of contamination.
A recent report warned customers who might be in possession of the protein powders not to consume it. It was also suggested that a person should call his or her physician if illness occurs after consumption of the product. The company issued a statement requesting that products be returned so that they can be examined.
In Hawaii, as in all other states, if defective products are thought to be the cause of a person’s serious injury or illness, laws exist which would allow that person to file a product liability claim in a court of law. A successfully litigated suit could possibly result in a monetary judgment for a plaintiff. Such monies might be used to alleviate any financial burden incurred during treatment and recovery from the injury or illness suffered.
Source: cleveland.com, “17 illnesses prompt recall of Aloha protein powder: Food and Drug Recalls“, Brie Zeltner, Feb. 2, 2015