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Woman Finds Metal Objects in Her Bag of Potato Chips

May 26, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

An Illinois woman filed suit last week for more than $50,000 after she ate potato chips allegedly containing metallic objects similar to pins and needles. Doctors had to surgically remove the objects from her stomach and esophagus. The lawsuit names Frito Lay as a defendant and the alleged objects were in their Ruffles brand potato chips. She also named Costco as a defendant in the suit, which is where she purchased the chips in May 2009.

The woman said doctors removed one straight pin from her stomach and another one from her esophagus. She felt another one in her mouth and was able to remove it herself. Upon inspection, more of the objects were in the potato chip bag.

The surgery required an overnight stay in the hospital at a total cost of approximately $20,000. Her complaint alleges negligence, breach of warranty and a defective product. Representatives of Frito Lay did not comment on the matter.

An experienced Florida lawyer can fully investigate your claim involving a defective product in order to identify the responsible parties. Product liability cases can be extremely complex involving major corporations and manufacturers, but a skilled Florida attorney can get you the best results possible.