Does Your Business Need Product Recall Insurance?

Leap | Carpenter | Kemps Insurance Agency | Jun 16, 2020 | minute read

Product recall insurance covers expenses associated with recalling a product from the market. Product recall insurance is typically purchased by distributors, manufacturers, some retailers, and electronics companies to cover costs like customer notification, shipping, and disposal costs. Product recall claims can come from manufacturing errors, design faults, human error, tampering, packaging errors, and more. The consequences to a firm’s profits and balance sheet can be severe, even fatal. Coverage generally applies to the firm itself, though additional coverage can be purchased to cover the costs of third parties.

Commercial property insurance is a special type of insurance that covers the company building as well as the contents owned by the company. “Property” can include a variety of types: lost income or business interruption, buildings, computers, money, and valuable papers.

Under the liability policy coverage, the building should be protected from damaging events such as fire, burglary and vandalism. It may not be enough to cover just the building; the aftermath of such damage should be covered as well.

Common Sources of Product Recall Claims

More than 90 tons of prepackaged salads and sandwiches by a California catering company were recalled because of a bacterial strain of E. coli linked to its products. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says that it recalled salads and sandwich wraps containing cooked chicken and ham after 26 people in three states were sickened with a strand of E. coli.

A compounding pharmacy recalled sterile products because of the possibility of contamination. XYZ Company voluntarily recalled sterile products produced over a six-month period. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the recall came because of concerns about the quality control procedures that could pose a potential risk about the sterility of the products.

 XYZ Company of N.Y recalled about 3,000 area rugs. The rugs failed to meet federal flammability standards, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Three children were injured as a result of their rugs catching fire last year.

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