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Q. What does Judaism have to say about product safety?
safety has become a major legal and regulatory concern in recent
decades. From a previous legal regime whereby safe use of products was
primarily the responsibility of the consumer, in recent years increasing
liability has been placed on producers. Many jurisdictions now place
strict liability on producers, so that they can be held responsible even
if there is no negligence on the part of the producer and sometimes
even if the consumer was not sufficiently careful. The theory is that
the producer is in the best position to know and mitigate the hazards of
his product and therefore should bear the costs resulting from these
Jewish law also
puts responsibility on sellers to refrain from selling hazardous
products, although the requirement is not through imposing monetary
liability. The source is a verse in the Torah (Deuteronomy 22:8, Living
you build a new house, you must place a guard-rail around your roof. Do
not allow a dangerous situation to remain in your house, since someone
can fall from [an unenclosed roof].Although this verse refers specifically to a roof, the Talmud extends it to additional hazards:Rabbi
Natan stated, Whence to we learn that a person may not raise a vicious
dog in his house, or place a flimsy ladder in his house? As it is
written, “Don’t allow a dangerous situation to remain in your house”.
Maimonides explains that all these are examples of a general principle:
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