By Marialuisa Gallozzi, Seth Tucker
In recent months, it has seemed that barely a week has gone by without the announcement of a major product recall whether it be of pet food (tainted with a wheat gluten additive), toothpaste (containing poisonous diethylene glycol, a solvent used in antifreeze that imparts a sweet taste), millions of children’s toys (the subject of four major recalls, several of which involved lead paint), almost half a million light truck tires (lacking a safety feature that guards against tread separation), or