$5 Million Defective Product Lawsuit Filed Against Frozen Pizza Maker

by Staff Blogger | February 4th, 2013

February 4, 2013

Frozen pizzas are often marketed as a cost-effective alternative to take-out or delivery from a restaurant, but new evidence shows it may be unsafe to eat. An article published by the La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch explained that a lawsuit recently filed in California against food manufacturer, Nestle, Inc., alleges the company’s frozen pizzas contain ingredients that could be considered hazardous to your health.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego County and claims the pizzas, marketed under brand names like DiGiorno and California Pizza Kitchen, contain a Defective Product known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHVO). PHVO is known to contain carcinogenic trans fats, which have been banned from restaurants in California but not in foods sold at supermarkets. Ingesting trans fat by consuming the pizzas has also been linked to the development of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes.

The lawsuit, which has not been put onto the court’s docket of cases yet, is seeking a total of $5 million in damages. The lawsuit could also potentially force food manufacturers to abide with a ban on use of the ingredient.

The California Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers recognize just how hazardous long-term exposure to a chemical like trans fats can be and are hopeful a decision in the case will prompt changes to food manufacturing policies that will better protect the public from the harm trans fats can pose.