With the weather getting warmer, more people will be going outside to turn on the grill and start cooking meat, poultry, and other food items. While grilling is considered healthier than frying foods, there are also some risks involved. E.coli risks go up if you fail to properly grill your meat or chicken or you cook contaminated food products and burnt meat can contain carcinogens. However, there is another possible health risk being reported that involves use of a wire grill brush. Used to free up charred remains from the grill and protect the grill rack from damage, some medical professionals are reporting that there are patients seeking treatment for injuries because they’ve accidentally ingested the brush’s wire bristles.
According to a study involving doctors at Rhode Island Hospital, between
May 2009 and November 2010, six patients were admitted to the emergency
room there because of wire bristle ingestion. These patients came in complaining
of abdominal pain and painful swallowing. They all had just eaten grilled
meat. CT scan and x-ray results showed that there were wires in the abdomens
and throats of the patients. The doctors determined that these were the
grill brush bristles that had come off and gotten stuck in the meat.
The study’s lead author, radiologist David Grand, says they don’t
know if this is a widespread problem. He is, however, calling for more
research. Meantime, our products liability law firm will continue to monitor
developments surrounding the wire grill brush and we will bring you updates.
The doctors had to perform surgery on three of the patients to remove
the bristles. Two of these procedures were done on the small intestine,
another on the liver. They also took out bristle wires from the necks
of three patients. The findings from their study can be found online in the
American Journal of Roentgenology.
Obviously, getting wire bristles stuck in your throat or in one of your
internal organs can be very painful and could lead to serious health problems–not
to mention the complications that might result from having to undergo
surgery to remedy the matter.
Grill brush bristles aren’t the only products that can cause a grilling
accident. Unstable grills that have a defective support design can cause
a fire and/or burn injuries, as can propane tank defects. Sometimes the
danger is the person grilling because of inexperience or carelessness.
Not knowing how to operate a grill or placing it in an area of the backyard
that makes it a fire hazard can up the chance of serious injuries or death.
Also, person in charge of food might leave meat products out in the sun
too long, causing bacteria to grow, which can potentially lead to stomach
illnesses and other health issues for those eating.
Our products liability lawyers represent persons that are seriously injured
because of dangerous, defective, and/or poorly designed products. We also
represent burn victims injured in accidents. Contact The Gilbert Law Group today.
Watch The Wire: How Your Grill Brush Could Make You Sick, NPR, March 30, 2012
RI Hospital warns of wire grill brush dangers, The Examiner, March 28, 2012
Backyard barbecues are a big part of summer fun, but avoiding their hidden
dangers is key to staying healthy and enjoying a cookout, a doctor suggests,
USA Today/AP, July 22, 2011
American Journal of Roentgenology