Assignment: Your Dog Treats Made Fluffy Sick!

Wanda is horrified when she sees a news report that some dog treats have been recalled because they have made some dogs get sick and even die. Wanda is very careful about her ingredients and only uses chicken, lamb, and bison that come from sustainable farms. Still, these headlines make her nervous. What if her dog treats make someone’s dog sick? What if a batch of her Chicken Cuties is somehow contaminated and a dog dies from eating them?

Wanda comes to you for advice, not as an attorney, but as someone who knows about the legal environment in business regarding her potential liability. In order to give Wanda as much help as possible, you will need to conduct research on the legal and regulatory environment for the dog treat industry. Once you have completed that research and have reviewed your course materials, you will be prepared to answer the following questions for Wanda.

  • What kind of legal exposure does Wanda have selling dog treats?
  • What are some of the legal ramifications that Wanda and the business could experience if a dog did get sick or even die from a Salty Pawz treat?
  • How can Wanda protect herself and the business against lawsuits?

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Explain Salty Pawz potential liability concerns if a batch of treats is contaminated. 30
Describe the kinds of legal exposure associated with potential contamination of a batch of treats. 30
Recommend strategies Salty Pawz can take to protect against lawsuits related to contamination. 30
Articulation of response (citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas). 10
Total: 100%