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Concluding Thoughts (sec 7)
Liability to Injured Consumer (Product Liability)
Much of the discussion during this module has focused on legal requirements imposed on food businesses by government. However, food businesses, like any other business, also respond to market incentives (i.e., what are consumers willing and able to purchase) and legal responsibilities (such as, legal responsibility for providing a food product that injuries a consumer). Similarly, a food business that is supplying a food product to another business may have a legal obligation to that second business if the product of the first business does not meet the contractual standards (and presumably an usafe food product would not meet contractual standards).
This web page briefly introduces the legal responsibility for compensating an injured consumer.
A business is required to compensate a consumer who is injured by the business' product; the potential for this liability provides an alternative incentive to produce a safe product.
Similarly, bad publicity and the cost of re-establishing consumer confidence in the product can be devastating. Both in terms of lost revenue and cost incurred trying to "repair" a damaged business reputation.
Future issues in food law
The next section provides a Summary of this over view to Food Safety Regulatory Issues.
Last Updated November 17, 2010
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