Nothing beats a bowl of popcorn as a snack, whether you’re watching a blockbuster movie or want something light to nibble. Popcorn also is quite versatile because you can combine it with various ingredients to produce different flavors.
Yet when you think of popcorn flavors, you don’t think of stuff like perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl. The two “forever chemicals” – because they don’t degrade naturally – are why two Northern California residents have filed a lawsuit against Campbell Soup Company.
According to the complaint, Campbell’s Pop Secret popcorn product had dangerously high levels of PFAS, which studies have linked to health problems such as liver and immune system damage and cancer. The two claimants also said the chemicals were present in 10 of Pop Secret’s flavored popcorn products.
In their lawsuit, the claimants cited consumer report test results which found that Pop Secret had 3,641 parts-per-million of total fluorine content, proving that the products had PFAS. They also maintained that the fluorine came from the microwavable bags used for the products.
The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in the Northern District of California.
Food product liability lawsuits
You can sue for a defective food product like you can file a lawsuit for a defective car. Unlike regular personal injury cases, the consumer doesn’t have to prove the manufacturer’s negligence in these lawsuits. Instead, you must demonstrate the following:
- The food product had a clear defect.
- You consumed the food product as intended.
- The defect harmed you in some way.
- The manufacturer can pay compensation for the harm you suffered.
Using the toxic popcorn case as an example, you could sue the product manufacturer if it’s proven that you suffered damage to your immune system or liver from overeating the popcorn. The damages from the lawsuit can help pay for your medical expenses.
If you plan to file a lawsuit for a food defect that caused you harm, you must remember that you’ll be up against a large business with many resources at its disposal. Expect your lawsuit to be an uphill battle, especially if the food manufacturer employs its legal team to attempt to dismiss the case. You might want to consult an attorney who can help build your case and defend your rights in court.