PAM Cooking Spray Explosions Lead to Severe Burn Injuries
Serious burn injuries and home and commercial kitchen explosions have been reported across the country, leading to permanent injury and product liability lawsuits. Conagra has denied that their PAM cooking spray is defective, however, with dozens of burn injury cases pending, the company has decided to change the design of their cooking spray can.
PAM cooking spray and other cooking sprays, known as canned aerosol kitchen products, are common in home and in commercial kitchens. But for years consumers have been in the dark about what is actually contained in PAM cooking spray cans. The “100% natural” claims have been misleading, as some PAM contains propellants that include isobutene and propane.
After consumer health and safety concerns have been brought to light, and fire-related accidents reported in kitchens, lawsuits have been filed across the country, targeting Sysco and ConAgra, the maker of Wellsley Farms and PAM cooking spray.
Consumer safety attorneys, involved in litigation on the behalf of injured victims, allege PAM constitutes a danger in the home and in commercial kitchens. In March 2016, ConAgra Foods Inc. was made aware of a pending lawsuit filed against the food company by a chef who suffered serious burn injuries after a cooking spray can exploded in the kitchen. The victim suffered severe burn injuries over a large portion of her body, and the burns have left her with disfigurement and scarring.
ConAgra Foods has long marketed PAM as “natural” and as safe for its intended use, which has been proven false in recent years. If you have been injured in the kitchen by a cooking spray product, contact an experienced attorney to investigate the cause, and to recover compensation.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio personal injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability claims following Sysco, Wellsley Farms, and PAM cooking spray explosions.
The Hazards of PAM & Other Cooking Sprays
Cooking spray products like PAM are pressurized and contain flammable petroleum propellants like isobutane or propane. Isobutane and propane are colorless and odorless compressed gases that are derived from petroleum and natural gas. Bottles and cans of cooking spray can very easily overheat, have been known to explode and cause fires and burn injuries, even at a distance of up to two feet from a heat source.
Consumer reports include cans of cooking spray falling into fryers or burners and igniting, creating fire hazards that pose a serious risk to consumers. Victims of cooking spray injuries do not always consider the risks of a product because of a lack of visible warnings.
The stories from burn victims sound eerily similar: they are cooking like any of day when the next they know, they are set aflame by a fireball sent throughout the kitchen by a large explosion. PAM cans are inevitably meant to be used in the kitchen, though Conagra argues that consumers are misusing the product and placing the product too close to the stoves, grills and open heat sources. Plaintiffs and consumer safety attorneys say aside from the faulty PAM can design, the company has failed to properly warn consumers of the potential fire and burn accident risks.
Diacetyl has also been found in many cooking spray products. Studies have shown that exposure to diacetyl, a flavoring added to cooking sprays, can increase the risk of lung disease. Long-term or repeated exposure to diacetyl can cause serious respiratory disease. Sysco and Wellsley Farms are also been targeted in cooking spray explosion cases.
Flammable Ingredients in PAM Cooking Spray
Despite the recent legal action taken against food companies, some cooking sprays may still contain hazardous flammable chemicals. PAM and other cooking sprays contain chemicals found in other propellant products, posing health and fire safety risks. Dangerous ingredients may include:
- Ethyl alcohol
- Liquefied petroleum gas
- Carbon dioxide
- Dimethyl silicone
Burn Injuries & PAM Cooking Spray Explosions
Cooking accidents cause the majority of residential and restaurant fires. Flammable cooking sprays and other dangerous kitchen products elevate the risk of injury and death, and companies who sell and distribute the products must be held accountable. It is important to know the risks of cooking sprays to ensure safe workplaces and homes.
As early as 2014, lawyers identified harmful chemicals like isobutane and propane in the “propellant” of PAM and consequently filed a false advertising class-action lawsuit against ConAgra Foods in federal court. The complaint alleges that the food giant falsely labeled PAM cooking sprays as “100% Natural” when they clearly contain harmful artificial and synthetic ingredients.
Lawsuits involving fire and burn accidents involving Sysco and Wellsley Farms have also been filed. Consumers have not been properly warned of the serious risks to their health. In August 2017, a New Jersey woman suffered second and third-degree burns when a can of cooking spray near a burner exploded.
More recently, a New York woman was hospitalized for a month after a can of Conagra’s Wellsley Farms cooking spray ignited and exploded in her kitchen. The woman survived, but like many others she faces severe scarring, nerve damage and emotional distress.
The Lyon Firm is dedicated to consumer safety and filing product liability and personal injury claims on behalf of injured plaintiffs in PAM cooking spray explosions to recover rightful compensation and ensure the safety of consumers in the future.
If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to a PAM cooking spray accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding PAM cooking spray explosions.