Those canisters of Pam cooking spray in your cabinet aren’t just taking up space—they may also be a hazard. Conagra Brands, the manufacturer of the popular product, is facing multiple lawsuits after consumers claim the cans exploded and caused serious injuries.
According to the six lawsuits filed Tuesday, eight people have been harmed by the cans which exploded while being used near hot stoves. The victims suffered severe burns, some of which even required surgeries and skin grafts.
All of the Pam cans connected to the incidents were the industrial-sized canisters sold at wholesale stores like Costco. The larger cans had a new design that featured a U-shaped venting mechanism on the bottom which made the aerosol cans “faulty, dangerous and prone to explosion,” the lawsuit states.
“It is beyond irresponsible that, to increase profits, Conagra Brands made and sold cans of household cooking spray that are susceptible to explosion, choosing not to use the safer designs as it had for the last sixty years, and failed to warn consumers about the very serious risks,” J. Craig Smith of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, the law firm representing the victims, said in a news release.
He added that while the larger-sized cans were discontinued by Conagra on January 1, 2019, the company did not issue a recall for the products that had already been distributed. “Each day that these cans remain on store shelves, Conagra’s negligence puts consumers in danger,” Smith warned.
However, Conagra insists there is nothing wrong with their current products. “When Pam is used correctly, as instructed, it is a 100-percent safe and effective product,” Dan Hare, Conagra Brands’ Senior Director of Communication and External Relations, told TODAY. “Pam Cooking Spray is used safely and properly by millions of people several times a day, every single day.”
Hare added that the cans are clearly marked with warnings and instructions, which include not using the cans around an open flame and not storing them at a temperature above 120 degrees F.