Kellogg has issued a defective product recall for its Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereal because the products may be contaminated by metal mesh fragments. According to a CBS News report, the recall involves nearly 2.8 million boxes of the cereal including Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size products. The “use by” dates for these products range from April 1, 2013 to Sept. 21, 2013. Kellogg had posted the recall information on their web site on October 8, 2012.

However, consumers were not made aware of the potential problem until three days later, on October 11, 2012. Kellogg officials say the public is not at a high risk as a result of the contamination. So far, no injuries or illnesses have been reported due to these recalled products. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact 1-800-962-1413.

Potential Sources of Contamination

Despite Kellogg’s assertion that the metal fragments in the cereal do not pose a serious threat to consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states otherwise on its web site. According to the FDA, metal fragments can cause serious injury to the consumer. Metal-to metal contact, especially in cutting or blending operations, can cause pieces to break loose and contaminate the food.

Moving wire mesh belts, injection needles, screens, metal ties and can openers are also likely sources of contamination. The FDA requires food manufacturers and processors to take every possible step to prevent such contamination including conducting regular equipment checks and detecting metal fragments with a magnet.

Compensation for Injured Victims

When a consumer has been injured or sickened by contaminated food, he or she can file a claim against the negligent manufacturer seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, treatment, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you suspect that a tainted food product contributed to your or a loved one’s illness then, it would be in your best interest to isolate and preserve the food, so it can be analyzed by an expert. An experienced California products liability lawyer can help injured victims and their families in such cases pursue their legal rights and obtain the compensation they rightfully deserve.