The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced that a limited number of Skippy Peanut Butter sold in New Hampshire is being recalled. Skippy Foods, LLC recalls 9,353 cases, nearly 161,692 total pounds, of peanut butter. According to the peanut butter manufacturing company, Hormel Foods, the recall affects SKIPPY® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, SKIPPY® Reduced Fat Chunky Peanut Butter Spread and SKIPPY Creamy Peanut Butter Blended With Plant Protein.
According to the announcement, the recall stems from concerns that some peanut butter jars may contain stainless steel fragments from a part of manufacturing equipment at the plant. The company explained that they had not received consumer complaints about the stainless steel fragment; however, they are issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution. Consumers who have the listed products should return the items to their retailer or contact the company’s consumer engagement line for instructions and information.
Those who consume metal or other foreign objects in food may hold the company, restaurant, or another responsible party liable for injuries resulting from ingestion. “Foreign body ingestion” refers to when a person swallows a non-edible object. The condition also refers to edible items that become lodged before reaching the gastrointestinal tract. While many foreign things pass through a person’s body without complications, some objects may require urgent medical treatment.
Objects that are likely to cause severe injuries and complications when ingested include:
The symptoms of ingesting these objects vary depending on the type of item, where the item is in the digestive tract and the consumer’s vulnerability. Some things are so small that ingestion may not be readily apparent until it reaches the digestive tract. Common signs that a person has swallowed a foreign object include:
- Pain or bleeding of the mouth or throat.
- Lump in the chest.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Acute abdominal pain.
- Pain in the rectum.
Victims who swallow a foreign object may have to undergo emergency removal of the item. There are various methods of removal, including:
- Foley catheter method
- Bougienage method
- Manual removal
- Flushing techniques
These methods can cause serious pain and suffering to victims and may require additional treatment and medication. Those who consume an unexpected object should contact an attorney to discuss collecting damages from the responsible party.
New Hampshire Product Liability Attorney
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries because of a defective or dangerous product, contact Peter Thompson & Associates to discuss your available remedies. The experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorneys on our team have an extensive history of successfully representing clients in their claims for damages against negligent individuals, corporations, organizations, and governmental entities. In addition to New Hampshire product liability claims, our firm handles cases involving motor vehicle crashes, slip-and-fall accidents, amusement park injuries, construction site accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. We have secured significant amounts of compensation on behalf of our clients and their families. Contact our office at 800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.