The Most Common Foreign Objects Found in Food
Posted on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at 7:55 pm
Whether you’re eating out at a restaurant, or you’ve ordered food to stay in for the evening, you’re at risk of being injured from your meal. Most of us have certain expectations for when we eat or drink something: we expect the food or drink to look, smell, and taste the way it should. And we certainly don’t expect to bite down on something that doesn’t belong!
The fortunate people are those who discover the foreign object in their food before ever taking a bite. And the others? As the old joke goes, “What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Half a worm.”
Of course, for those injured by a foreign object in their food, it’s important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Atlanta right away. Here are some of the most common objects found in consumer food products, often called the “dirty dozen,” and the places they typically come from:
- Glass – Hard to see, and coming in a variety of shapes and sizes, glass is one of the most dangerous food contaminants. Sources: bottles, jars, light fixtures, utensils.
- Wood – Splinters or punctures in your mouth, esophagus, or intestines can be a serious problem. Wood in food products is often the result of packaging, pallets, boxes, building materials, or field debris.
- Stones/rocks – Rough or smooth, small or large, stones can present a serious health threat. Typical sources include: fields/outdoors, and building materials.
- Metal – Metal pieces can be sharp and/or filled with toxins like lead and mercury. Many metal objects in food come from wiring and machinery, but also employees and outdoor sources.
- Jewelry – One easily preventable hazard in food is jewelry or other clothing/accessories. Things like buttons, earrings, and others in food are typically the result of poor employee practices.
- Insects/insect filth – A major gross-out for consumers, finding insects in food and drink products is fairly common. These typically get in through fields/plant sources, unsanitary warehouses, or post-process contamination.
- Insulation – Bits and pieces of insulation, including packing, fibers, and other debris may enter food sources during processing.
- Bones – Animal bones are supposed to be removed during meat processing, but are sometimes not. Additionally, pest contamination of food products can result in bones.
- Plastic – A pervasive and hazardous material in the food industry, plastic can come from packing materials, outdoor/field sources, employees, and pallets.
- Personal effects – Sometimes, employees who are not using proper gear, may contaminate food and drink products with their belongings.
- Bullets or buckshot – For food animals that are hunted or killed with bullets, sometimes these fragments can remain in the meat, thanks to insufficient processing.
- Needles – In the livestock industry, needles are used to give medications. Occasionally, these can end up in the final food product.
If you have found a foreign object in your food, reach out to us at Brockman Law today and request your free consultation!