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Clear and present danger: instant soup’s challenges for young kids

Admit it. Even as an adult, you’ve probably been challenged a time or two when dealing with those flimsy plastic or Styrofoam containers that brim with geyser-like hot water and steaming instant noodles.

If you’re familiar with ramen, you know what we’re talking about in today’s blog post. Our proven product liability attorneys at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah (with multiple law offices spanning the country) diligently represent personal injury victims calling out deficiencies in all kinds of defective and dangerous products. We know without doubt that instant soup packaging readily qualifies as being high-risk.

Emergency room doctors in Connecticut and elsewhere across the country will unquestionably support that view. One recent study concludes that about 9,500 children are rushed to ER units in the United States each year following a mishap with an instant soup container.

Their injuries, notes a recent article chronicling the personal injury and product liability concerns inherent in instant soup receptacles, “aren’t just ouchies.”

Rather, they are serious, and sometimes even catastrophic. Soup-spill injures are reportedly the catalyst prompting about 20% of all visits to American emergency treatment centers annually involving pediatric burns.

What is being done about that? Is hard pressure being exerted upon soup makers, sellers and others in the retail/marketing chain to address an obvious risk and dampen its adverse consequences?

A “time will tell” response hardly seems assuring, of course, but it is perhaps the most accurate answer to such questions presently. The above article notes that the federal Consumer Products Safety Commission “hasn’t yet taken any action to force soup companies to change their packaging.”

The CPSC does “carefully track” soup container-linked injuries, though, which could ultimately result in a clamp-down move.

One need only ask the legions of parents who rush their children to emergency rooms for treatment of soup burns whether a ramped-up regulatory response would be welcome.

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