Victims sue Conagra after cans explode
DETROIT — Eight burn victims sued the maker of Pam cooking spray Tuesday, saying they were severely injured when cans of the spray exploded in their kitchens.
The plaintiffs’ attorney, J. Craig Smith, says larger cans of Pam and similar cooking sprays made by Conagra Brands have a faulty, U-shaped vent system in the bottom that makes them prone to explosion.
In one case, a victim said the fire was so intense that it burned her contact lens onto her right eye, causing near-blindness.
Vented cans are 10 ounces or larger, not the 6-ounce variety usually sold at groceries. The bigger cans may be found at warehouse stores like Costco as well as Walmart and Amazon. One of the lawsuits was filed by a cook who was using Sysco-brand cooking spray at a restaurant in Texas.
Chicago-based Conagra says the vent system was used on a “limited” number of cans but was eliminated during a product redesign earlier this year.