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Plastic Pieces Found in Food Could Seriously Harm Consumers

Arguably sponge cake isn’t particularly healthy in any case, but given the FDA’s latest recall, this particular fare could be especially dangerous.

This latest food recall is for Rich Products Corporation’s 1/4 Sheet Artificially-Flavored Vanilla Pre-Soaked Sponge Cake. According to the report issued by the United States Food & Drug Administration, small plastic fragments ranging from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inches, from the pastry’s packaging were found in and on the cakes. As with any foreign object, ingesting these plastic pieces can be potentially dangerous.

Rich Products Corporation is a multinational food-manufacturing corporation headquartered in the United States. The company currently ranks number 161 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, and sells more than 2,000 different types of products in 73 countries to retailers, in-store bakeries, and other foodservice distributers.

An investigation conducted by Rich Products revealed that the problem was caused by a change in the resin used by the supplier of the plastic packaging. The FDA stated that company is now working with the packaging’s supplier to ensure that defective containers are removed from distribution and that monitoring systems are in place to prevent this problem from happening again in the future.

Although no injuries have yet been reported, the potential for harm is significant enough that the corporation issued a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure. When foreign objects are swallowed, they can cause irritation, inflammation, and scarring to the digestive track. Additionally, they can obstruct passageways either by the size of the object or because of the scarring that is caused from the irritation.

In order to remove a foreign object – such as one of these plastic pieces – after it has been swallowed, a person may need to undergo either surgery or endoscopic foreign body retrieval, which is a collection of techniques in which a gastroscope is used to locate the item and remove it via manipulation.

Illinois product liability law holds that food distributers have a duty to sell reasonably safe food, and are responsible for products they disseminate to the public. When those products cause illness, injury, or death to consumers, the companies are liable for the harm caused. Individuals who suffer due to dangerous food products may be able to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages.

In this case, if a person swallows one of these plastic pieces and is harmed as a result, Rich Product Corporation could be made to answer to an Illinois product liability lawsuit and be held legally responsible for damages to compensate the victim for medical and hospital expenses, as well as for harm suffered.

Products affected by this retraction include 1/4-sheet cakes sold at in-store bakeries across the country. Customers who have purchased these cakes are urged to destroy or dispose of the affected product.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by this cake – or any other kind of dangerous product – contact an attorney to understand your rights under the law. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.