Boston Market Recalls 86 Tons of Frozen Meals for Glass or Plastic Contamination
Boston Market has recalled about 86 tons worth of its boneless pork rib patties because they may be contaminated with pieces of glass or hard plastic. According to a CNN news report, the patties, distributed by Ohio-based food manufacturer, Bellisio Foods, are included in the Boston Market Home Style Meals labeled as Boneless Pork Rib Shaped Patty with BBQ Sauce & Mashed Potatoes, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Potential for Serious Injuries
The federal food safety agency has classified this as a Class I recall, which means that there is a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” The recalled meals were shipped to retail locations nationwide as well as to a Department of Defense facility in Tucson, Arizona. USDA said in its statement that the problem was discovered when the establishment received consumer complaints of glass or hard plastic pieces in the rib-shaped patties. The USDA’s food inspection service was notified about this issue last week.
The recalled meals have “best buy” dates of Dec. 7, 2019, Jan. 4, 2020, Jan. 24, 2020 or Feb. 15, 2020. The meals subject to recall also have “EST. 18297” stamped on the end carton flap of the package. So far, there have been no reports to the USDA of adverse reactions or injuries as a result of consuming these products. Consumers who have purchased these products or those who have them in their freezers are urged not to eat them. Either discard them or return them to the point of purchase for a refund. A Boston Market spokesperson said the recall does not involve products sold in Boston Market restaurants.
How Can You Protect Your Rights?
If you or a loved one has been injured or have become ill as the result of a tainted food product, there are several steps you can take to protect your rights. Make sure you receive prompt medical attention if you experience symptoms of food poisoning or if you have been injured by a foreign object in the food product. Isolate and preserve the product that caused your injury or illness so it can be examined carefully in a laboratory for foreign objects or pathogens. Contact an experienced California product defect attorney who can help protect your rights and help you receive compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.