Selling Cakes, Cookies And Pies You Need Liability Insurance

It matters not if you bake those chocolate chip cookies once a week for the community center and sell them to make extra money for your son’s little league uniform; if you are selling food products you need liability insurance.

Of course, no one once to think anyone could get sick from their delicious double Dutch chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, but the truth is, it may not be your baking process, it may be an ingredient you used in your cookies, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Liability insurance policies cover both legal costs and any legal payouts for which the insured would be responsible if found legally liable. Intentional damage and contractual liabilities are typically not covered in these types of policies.

Does a small home-based baker or food processor selling to family, friends and at farmers markets or community fairs/flea markets need liability insurance. Absolutely!

Liability insurance is important for anyone who may be held legally liable for the injuries of others, especially business owners (that’s you). A product manufacturer may purchase product liability insurance to cover them if a product is faulty and causes damage to the purchasers or any other third party. Business owners may purchase liability insurance that covers them if an employee is injured during business operations, for example if you hire your cousin Bill to do the heavy lifting when delivering those amazing beautiful wedding cakes.

One type of insurance coverage that should be considered by all home-based bakers and food manufacturers/processors is “Food Product Liability” coverage. This type of coverage should provide coverage in the event the insured food product injures the person who consumes it. Most retail outlets or locations such as a Farmers Market require that food products have a $1 million to $2 million policy before you will be allowed selling your products. Additional coverage requirements may also be requested.

For example, a retail vendor does not have to allow you to sell your products in their establishment even if you do have the required insurance; plus providers of food product liability insurance may be reluctant to provide you with a policy quote because you are not selling a standard rate of food products. In this case, the provider may prefer to give an estimate which requires very specific information about your products and your business characteristics.

Don’t be surprised if a company requires you to complete an application and submit the businesses’ production, distribution and marketing plans, all of which may be null and void if you are a new home-based baker with no clue of what type of business or how much business you will be doing. The bottom line is product and business liability insurance is essential if you are going to operate a legitimate business in America.

Importance Of Product Liability Insurance In Businesses

Product liability insurance covers businesses from claims against injury, illness, or a loss caused by use of their products. In the realm of product liability insurance, product is defined as tangible goods which are sold or given away. A product supplier or manufacturer is duly responsible for any damage that his product might cause to a consumer.

If a product causes damages or injuries, the consumer can bring a claim against the supplier. It does not really matter whether he is the manufacturer or not. For instance, if you have an eatery and the food served leads to the death of more than fifty people, the product liability claim will be huge. As much as the conventional logic holds the manufacturer responsible for a defect, it’s quite hard to prove it.

The risk magnitude, claim and premium are ascertained through various ways such as the customers purchasing the product, how it was used, and warning labels that the product has. The product liability cover guards a company against any unanticipated circumstances that may cause damages or injuries to the product users. In case a person manufactures inferior items, there is no insurance cover that can protect him. For a manufacturer, the cover is massively important; just a small defect could make a firm be a target for big claims.

Manufacturers should look for product liability packages that cover all manufacturing quality, indemnity costs, safety claims and others. They can also lower the premium costs by taking some measures in advance. These measures must however be disclosed to the insurance company.

Product liability insurance is there for the wider benefit of the business. There are occasions when a general liability insurance policy includes product liability although a business sometimes has to get a specific product liability cover. This type of insurance is so critical because the business of providing products to a customer is very risky, more so if the product can become defective and cause injuries or property damages. Whether a business is the distribution, manufacturing, retailer, intermediary, refurbishing or any other component of the distribution chain, the risk of product liability claims is quite high.

Rather than face lawsuits, legal claims or any other legal expenses, which can really devastate a company and make it run out of business, firms are encouraged to take product liability insurance. This is an aid against any consumer debacles that may arise on the legal front.