It is not always clear what goes into a certain food. Something you think is peanut free was actually made with some elements of peanuts (e.g. peanut oil), or was processed in a place where peanuts are also processed.
Is the company morally liable for the customer dying from an anaphylatic shock from eating such a product?
Or, do Objectivists think companies should not be required to disclose this information and it is tough luck for the consumer if this happens?
asked Apr 04 '15 at 20:57
In a free society, nobody would be compelled to disclose any particular information about a product they are selling. (But good luck trying to succeed in business if people can't tell whether they should buy what you're offering.)
At the same time, in a free society, nobody would be compelled to consume a product which fails to disclose the information they require. (So if you have an allergy and go around mindlessly eating whatever you find available, then your getting sick is on you.)
Finally, note that in a free society, nobody is permitted to engage in fraud or to be negligent. (If anyone lies about their product, or is negligent regarding it, then they would be morally and legally liable for the resulting harm.)