Woman Sues Campbell's, Kroger Over Exploding Soup Can

March 28, 2019 - 7:56 am

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - An Oakland County woman is suing Campbell's Soup Company and Kroger after she says a can of soup exploded in her face.

Debra Thompson is suing for $75,000, saying she sustained severe injuries and permanent physical impairments from an exploding can of "Campbell's Chunky Creamy Chicken And Dumplings Soup."

Thompson was preparing to make the soup, which she purchased at a Kroger store in Commerce Township in March 2017, when she opened the can and it "violently exploded" in her face, according to the lawsuit. She says the reaction caused her to "suddenly and violently jerk her head and neck backwards in a combination of shock and fear."

Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit (.pdf format)

Thompson further claims the event aggravated injuries she sustained in a car crash in 2013.

The lawsuit alleges the can was contaminated with botulism, which caused the explosion, and accuses Campbell's and Kroger of negligence.

"If she can prove that the Chunky Soup was a little funky, and her new injuries, she might have a case," said WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton. 

In a statement, Campbell's says it does not comment on pending litigation. Kroger has not commented.