Family Dollar has had to recall over 400 products that were previously sold at their stores. Featuring over 8,000 locations in 47 states, the recall is seen as a significant blow to the corporation’s integrity and trustworthiness. On July 21stt, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted concerns on personal care items of all types. Sunscreen, deodorant, medicine such as rash cream, and toothpaste were among those affected.
The voluntary recall on behalf of Family Dollar resulted from mismanagement of the storage environments. DayQuil, Tylenol, Banana Boat, and many other brands had their products exposed to temperatures that are outside the accepted guidelines approved by the FDA. The mistake and similar ones could lead to alterations in how the products react with the human body, potentially losing their efficacy or causing harm to the consumer.
Although recalled, a company that withdraws its products from the shelves rarely provides any sort of compensation to affected consumers. In fact, Family Dollar has so far only stated that the products can be returned without a receipt – offering nothing more to affected consumers such as vouchers, coupons, or compensation. For this very reason, many of those who had purchased or used products among the recalled 400 have been turning to attorneys for help, potentially recovering financial compensation.
Surprisingly still, this is not the first time Family Dollar and its parent company, Dollar Tree, have had run-ins with federal regulatory agencies. A rodent infestation and dead bird scandal in an Arkansas distribution center led to the closing of Family Dollar locations in six states, a harrowing reminder of the very reasoning for the FDA’s founding. The Arkansas rodent scandal also ended in a recall of potentially unsafe or spoiled products. With a number of pending scandals, it is thought that Dollar Tree may start to see a decline in sales and profits.
While many cases of improperly stored materials are often shrugged off by consumers, chemical and biological changes in products under certain conditions are known to occur, potentially jeopardizing the livelihood of someone who uses it. The development of mold, mildew, spoiling of the product, and much more is enough to send an unsuspecting consumer to the hospital.
Many patrons of Family Dollar have been left wondering if the recall affects them and their families. For that, there are a couple of questions to consider. Any number of criteria may qualify someone for direct legal assistance on the matter.
There is no telling just to what extent compromised products can have on someone, as each individual is biochemically unique. There are, however, a number of effects that are more often observed than others, according to professionals. Anyone experiencing changes in health following the use of mismanaged products should visit a medical professional immediately.
Generally, these types of issues are handled in a court of law with competent attorneys. It is the responsibility of these legal firms to hold companies accountable for their shortcomings so that they may protect the patrons. Even if little to no damage to one’s health has been noticed, there is still a possibility of future issues arising. Protecting future consumers is equally as important as, without consequences, similar risks to people’s lives could arise again in the future.
As put by Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Judith McMeekin, “no one should be subjected to products stored in the kind of unacceptable conditions.” As McMeekin gave her accounts of the highly unsanitary conditions in some Dollar Tree establishments, it is a reminder to Americans across the country of the consumer rights they are granted by federal and state law. In conjunction with law firms, these are the actors that have been tasked with the protection of consumers on a day-to-day basis.