J-BIZ: The Jewish Career Network at Rutgers
J-BIZ promotes networking among business-minded students and highly successful and influential Jewish business professionals in a vast array of industries and fields.
IF YOU WANT TO…
- Learn about Judaism and its Applications in the Business World.
- Gain Access to Internships Within a Variety of Areas in Business.
- Learn from and interact with successful Jewish entrepreneurs and business people
…Then J-BIZ is for you!
Public Relations Chair
Ira Gang, PhD
Q. What does Judaism have to say about product safety?
A. Product 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 hazards.
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 Torah translation):
Maimonides explains that all these are examples of a general principle: