Two people from Texas have filed lawsuits after they were severely burned by exploding cans of PAM Cooking Spray with a controversial U-shaped vent design.
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Dozens of Lawsuits Filed for Cooking Spray Explosions
From May to September 2019, Conagra was hit with 33 lawsuits for cooking spray explosions involving PAM Cooking Spray and similar products, such as Sysco Member’s Mark®, Wellsley Farms® and Simply Value® cooking spray.
Some lawsuits were filed by people in Texas who were severely burned, including a man who was burned by an exploding can of Member’s Mark cooking spray. He was airlifted to a burn unit in Texas and placed in a coma for 20 days.
Another lawsuit was filed by twin sisters who were burned by an exploding can of cooking spray while working at a restaurant in Texas. They both had to be hospitalized with severe burns. One sister required skin grafts.
Exploding Cans of PAM Cooking Spray Are Causing Severe Burns
An exploding can of PAM Cooking Spray was caught on surveillance video at the Baja Grill in Houston, Texas in 2017. A lawsuit has been filed by the victim, Reveriano Duran, a cook who put the canister near the grill. He said the can leaked highly-flammable chemicals from the vents on the bottom of the can when it caught on fire and exploded.
PAM Cooking Spray Lawsuits
May 2019 — At least 8 people who were burned by exploding cans of PAM Cooking Spray have filed lawsuits against ConAgra, according to the Chicago Tribune.
One of the lawsuits was filed by Y’Tesia Taylor of Greenville, Texas, a woman who was hospitalized with severe burns on 27% of her body and spent more than a week in a medically-induced coma.
The lawsuit states that Taylor put a can of PAM on a rolling cart next to the stove. After putting food in the oven, she heard a loud noise:
“The canister suddenly and without warning began spraying its extremely flammable contents through the u-shaped vents on the bottom of the can and exploded into flames.”
What is the Problem?
PAM Cooking Spray has prominent warning labels against putting it on stoves or near heat sources. However, some bulk-size cans of PAM have a controversial U-shaped vent design that is linked to explosions.
Is It a Design Defect?
In 2016, ConAgra re-designed certain cans of PAM with U-shaped vents on the bottom of the can. The vents were supposed to open and release pressure when the can got too hot. Lawsuits claim that the vents can leak during storage or at low temperatures, releasing highly-flammable gases like propane and butane that suddenly catch on fire.
ConAgra Discontinues U-Shaped Vent Design
ConAgra stopped manufacturing PAM with the U-shaped vent design in early 2019. Furthermore, the vast majority of PAM cans do not have the controversial vent design — it was only used on a limited number of bulk-size cans (at least 10-ounces) that were sold in 2-packs.
ConAgra Defends PAM Cooking Spray Safety
ConAgra defends the safety of PAM Cooking Spray. After lawsuits were filed, the company issued a statement claiming that PAM is a 100% safe and effective product when used correctly.
All PAM Cooking Sprays include clear instructions on both the front and back of the packaging alerting consumers that the product should be used responsibly as it is flammable, and that it should not be left on a stove or near a heat source, should not be sprayed near an open flame, and should not be stored above 120°F.
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