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Trader Joe’s Recalls Dumplings for the Possibly Containing Hard Plastic

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On March 2, 2024, Trader Joe’s issued a recall notice for their steamed chicken soup dumplings. According to the recall, the product could contain hard plastic from a permanent marker pen. According to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), over 61,000 pounds of the dumplings are part of the recall.

The soup dumplings were manufactured by CJ Foods Manufacturing Beaumont Corporation (on December 7, 2023) and were shipped to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. Reportedly, consumers reported finding hard plastic in the dumplings. There have been no reports injury or any harm caused by consumption of the recalled dumplings. Still, the FSIS is concerned that some consumers might still have the products in their freezers.

The soup dumplings were sold in 6-ounce boxes with plastic trays that contain six pieces each. The products have lot codes “03.07.25.C1-1” and “03.07.25.C1-2.” The FSIS has advised consumers to not eat the products and either return them to the store where they purchased them or to discard the products.

Sure, discarding or returning the product might seem like the thing to do; however, it is important that affected consumers that suffered harm do not just get rid of the product but rather seek legal assistance. More specifically, if you or a member of your family suffered harm, you could have the right to sue under product liability law.

Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our team has decades of experience handling product liability claim. We believe that negligent product manufacturers should be held accountable for the harm that consumers suffered. If you are interested in pursuing a lawsuit for the harm that you suffered due to dumplings contaminated with hard plastic, contact us as soon as possible.

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Understanding Product Liability

Under product liability law, product manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe for consumers. Manufacturers must inspect their products to be able to identify and address any defects (in design, manufacturing, or labeling) before making products available to consumers. When manufacturers fail to ensure that their products are safe and harm occurs, then manufacturers could be held liable for any damages. Food manufacturers, specifically, have to have appropriate quality control, for example. If any of their food products are contaminated with plastic, then they must discard the product.

If you were injured by a recalled food product, you could have the right to file a lawsuit.

Possible Injuries Caused by Hard Plastics in Food

Although no injuries have been reported, food contaminated with hard plastics can definitely cause harm. Biting into and ingesting plastic, specifically, is the risk. Victims may suffer from the following:

  • Broken teeth
  • Lacerations in the mouth (including the tongue, gums, and cheeks)
  • Lacerations in the throat
  • Upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting
  • Intestinal blockages
  • Intestinal perforations

Although some might be unaffected by accidentally biting into and ingesting hard plastic can potentially result in injuries. No matter the harm that you or a loved one suffered due to food products contaminated with hard plastics, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

Can I Sue?

Yes – you can sue. You can sue based on the concept of product liability, discussed above. In summary, product manufacturers that breach their duty of care to consumers could be liable for all harm caused by their defective products. If you are unsure about your right to sue, contact our lawyers today. Our team will help you understand your legal options.

Can I Recover Compensation?

Yes, you could be eligible to recover compensation for the harm that you and your family suffered due to the Trader Joe’s soup dumplings contaminated with hard plastics. Based on the details surrounding each claim, claimants may be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal costs

If victims ultimately suffer fatal injuries, then claimants could be awarded wrongful death benefits, which could include loss of consortium and funeral/burial costs. No matter the details of your claim, you can be certain that our experts are fully committed to getting you the maximum recovery available for your claim. In general, these cases can be worth anywhere from $75,000 to $300,000 – and sometimes even more. Our team is committed to getting our clients the settlements that they are owed within a reasonable length of time (which can be anywhere from six months to two years). For more information about the legal options available to you, contact us today.

Recommended Steps to Take

What should I do if I was harmed by a recalled product? If you were harmed by food that contained hard plastic, you should consider the following steps to take:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Take photos of the hard plastic in the food
  • Report the incident to the company (do not agree to a return/refund or any other remedy)
  • Gather all medical records
  • Gather all records of lost income
  • Seek legal assistance as soon as possible

If you find yourself unsure of what to do next, do not hesitate to reach out to the experts here at our law firm. Our team is committed to fighting for your rights and getting you justice. Do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

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The Statute of Limitations – How Long Do I Have to Sue?

All claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which establish a deadline to sue. If claimants fail to file their claims on time, then they risk losing their right to sue entirely. So, how long do you have to pursue your claim? In California, product liability claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that claimants only have two years to sue. Do not wait to pursue your claim – contact our lawyers as soon as possible.

Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today

Did you or a member of your family suffer injuries due to hard plastics in the soup dumplings recalled by Trader Joe’s? If so, you could have the right to sue and recover compensation. Our legal team has decades of experience and is more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to fight for your rights and recover the compensation that you are owed.

Our team is dedicated to remaining accessible to all; therefore, we offer free legal services. These include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our product liability experts will answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to either start or continue your claim. Our experts can help you even if you have already started the legal process elsewhere and are looking to change representation. To benefit from our free legal services, contact us today.

Our Zero-Fee Guarantee ensures that you will not have to pay any upfront legal fees for our legal services. Our team also works on contingency structure, so our clients will not pay anything if they do not win.

If you are ready to speak with our lawyers to learn more about your right to sue Trader Joe’s, contact us today.

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