Conagra Brands Inc. is facing multiple lawsuits over exploding cans of cooking spray manufactured by the company, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder said May 7.
The Connecticut-based law firm filed at least six lawsuits at the Cook County Superior Court in Chicago on May 7 on behalf of plaintiffs who claim they were injured by the exploding cans.
The firm said the injuries range from burns of varying degrees to blindness.
The law firm's J. Craig Smith said the allegedly faulty cans had not been recalled. "It is beyond irresponsible that, to increase profits, Conagra Brands made and sold cans of household cooking spray that are susceptible to explosion, choosing not to use the safer designs as it had for the last 60 years, and failed to warn consumers about the very serious risks," said Smith.
In 2011, Conagra rolled out a can design that features a venting mechanism at the bottom.
Conagra did not immediately respond to a request for comment from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
However, the company told news site Business Insider that its Pam cooking sprays are safe when used as instructed. "Even if a consumer is concerned, the vented can design that is in question was used in market on a limited number of cans over the last several years, and has not been used in the vast majority of the product sold," Conagra said. It added that it has since discontinued production of the design.