Here’s What You Should Know About the Pam Cooking Spray Lawsuits

The Pam cooking spray lawsuits stem from the product's flammability.

This definitely isn’t what you had in mind when you bought that cooking spray at the grocery store. Pam is supposed to make cooking easier, right? But a set of recent Pam Cooking Spray lawsuits might have you rethinking the stuff—people are saying that Pam cans are exploding. We’re here to set the record straight. recently reported that six plaintiffs have sued Conagra Brands, the manufacturer behind Pam. And the lawsuits allege that the cooking spray has led to some pretty surprising results.

What’s happening with the Pam, according to the lawsuits?

The plaintiffs claim that the cooking spray exploded while they used it, explained. And while cooking sprays are known to contain flammable ingredients, the lawsuits also claim that a Pam can design is to blame. Some older models of Pam Cooking Spray featured vents on the bottom, which the lawsuits are alleging contributed to the explosions.

Learn more about how to prevent kitchen fires at home.

What does Conagra have to say?

The company has issued a statement about the Pam Cooking Spray lawsuits, stressing that the product is safe when used correctly.

“When Pam is used correctly, as instructed, it is a 100-percent safe and effective product. Pam Cooking Spray is used safely and properly by millions of people several times a day, every single day,” says the statement.

In other words, people should be good to use Pam as long as they follow the right safety precautions:

  • Do not spray on Pam on heated surfaces, like hot pots or pans, or near an open flame.
  • Do not puncture the can.
  • Do not expose to heat, and do not store above 120°F.

Here’s how to stay safe.

The Conagra statement also notes that the old vented can design isn’t in use anymore, so you don’t need to toss the cooking sprays from your pantry. But if you’re cooking over an open flame, you’ll want to be safe by spraying your pots and pans before turning on the heat. Then place the cooking spray safely away from the stove, rather than on the counter next to it. You’ll also want to keep this kitchen tool handy.

If you decide to skip the Pam next time you roast vegetables or chicken, here’s how to clean up your grimy baking sheet.

Meghan De Maria
Meghan is an entertainment and lifestyle writer with a soft spot for nostalgic snack foods. Whether it's a new Pop-Tarts flavor or a new menu item at Taco Bell, there's nothing she won't try in the name of research... or just in the name of a junk food craving.