A California-based food manufacturer has issued a recall for more than 33,000 pounds of frozen potstickers.
According to a KRON news report, customers reported finding clear, flexible, and hard plastic in the “Ling Ling Potstickers Chicken & Vegetable” produced by Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc.
The potentially dangerous potstickers were sold at grocery stores such as Target, Safeway, and Lucky.
Details of the Recall
The products involved in this recall come in 4.2-pound bags and have a “best by” date of Oct. 22, 2022 on the label and a lot code of 1911203. They have an establishment number “P20069” printed on the back of the package. These items were shipped to distribution centers in California and Washington and sent from there to retailer locations, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
So far, no one has reported any adverse reactions as a result of the plastic contamination, USDA officials said. However, they are urging anyone who bought these products to discard them or return them to the point of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with food safety questions may call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854.
Dangers Posed by Food Contamination
Recently, we’ve seen a number of food recalls because of contamination due to foreign objects such as glass, metal, plastic, and even rubber. It’s important to remember that our food production and processing systems are industrialized and mechanized. Therefore, it is not a big surprise that metal or plastic pieces end up in food products. When pieces of machinery break off in a processing plant, they could get mixed up in the food products.
This type of contamination has the potential to be extremely dangerous because of the serious injuries it could pose. Consumers face the risk of suffering serious injuries to their teeth and mouth from chewing on metal or sharp plastic pieces. If they ingest sharp pieces of plastic, metal, or glass, there is also the potential for serious or fatal internal injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured by contaminated food products, you may be able to seek and obtain compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. You may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, permanent injuries, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to help you understand your legal rights and options.