Nestle USA has issued a defective product recall for three million boxes of DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s frozen foods because the spinach in these products may be contaminated with bits of glass. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, no injuries have been reported. The company has said it is still conducting an internal investigation.
Only a day before Nestle’s announcement, Constellation Brands Inc. issued a recall in the U.S. and Guam for 12-packs and 18-packs of Corona Extra beer, a move that was also made out of concern over the potential presence of glass particles.
Growing Concern Over Food Safety
Food safety has become a growing concern for consumers. This recall and other recent recalls only increase that concern. While a majority of food recalls have to do with products that are contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens, recalls such as this one that involve foreign particles such as plastic, metal or glass. While metal particles or pieces can be extracted using metal detectors, it can be a lot more challenging to detect plastic and glass pieces in food products. It is something food producers and processors must figure out in order to make the process and their products safe for consumers.
There have been a number of food-related safety recalls in recent months. Earlier this week, Perdue Foods recalled about 5,000 pounds of Applegate Farms branded chicken nuggets for plastic pieces in the products. Last month, Mars recalled candy bars in Europe after a consumer complained about a hard piece of plastic found in a Snickers bar. Last April, Beech-Nut recalled baby food for glass contamination.
Protecting Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been injured or sickened as the result of a contaminated food product, there are several steps you can take to protect your rights. First and foremost, get 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.
Get proper treatment and care for your injury or illness. Report the incident to the local health care agency, which documents these types of incidents and monitors trends. Contact an experienced California personal injury 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.