If you are a fan of Spam, you need to watch out. About 228,614 pounds of the famous canned meat product have been recalled because they could be contaminated by metal pieces. According to a Time.com news report, the recall was announced by manufacturer Hormel Food Corporation after it got four consumer complaints stating metal objects were found in the canned products. The contaminated cans were shipped nationally and were produced Feb. 8 through Feb. 10.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is concerned that some of these canned products may still be in people’s homes. So far, minor oral injuries have been reported. Anyone who is worried about further sickness or injury is asked to get in touch with their healthcare provider. Anyone who has Spam cans included in this recall at home is asked to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. Anyone with questions is asked to contact Hormel at (800) 523-4635.
Metal Pieces in Food Products
It’s not too surprising that metal pieces end up in food products given the fact that our food system is quite industrialized. Most food is processed on machines with metal parts. When pieces of machinery break off in a processing plant, they could get mixed up with the food. This type of contamination has the potential to be extremely dangerous because of the serious injuries it could pose. In the case of the contaminated Spam, people suffered injuries to their teeth and mouth from chewing on the metal. However, if they had ingested the shards, consumers may have suffered severe internal injuries, which could have even proved fatal.
So, are companies taking steps to prevent this type of contamination? It turns out some use highly sophisticated equipment such as ultrasound and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to detect foreign objects in food. Others have reconfigured and redesigned their processes to minimize the number of parts that have metal moving against metal, which increases the probability of contamination.
What Can You Do?
There is very little we as consumers can do to prevent injuries stemming from this type of contamination. However, if you have been injured as a result of a food manufacturer’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for your damages. You may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization and pain and suffering. An experienced food poisoning lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families about their legal rights and options.