I live in West Virginia.
I was cooking last night and I have a box of minute rice. When I poured the rice into the measuring cup I noticed a dark piece. At first I thought it was just a piece of discolored rice, but going on my instinct that something didn't look right I stopped pouring and dug out the piece. I was alarmed at what I found. A small plastic chip, obviously from some sort of machine or device because it wasn't rice. It was small enough that you could have not noticed it on you fork or spoon and ate it, but large enough that if you ate it you would take it out of your mouth while chewing.
What bothers me about the whole thing is that I have 2 small children and I'm alarmed at thinking they may have choked on it, or at the very least it could have caused them some distress. And it bothers me I might have ate it too, it was kinda sharp and what if it got stuck in our esophagus or something?
I immediately wrote an email to the company because they were already closed for the day. The left me a message this morning saying they want the piece, along with the box, and they will mail me replacement coupons.
Should I get a lawyer? I tend to think that I should get some compensation for this (not hundreds of millions or anything ridiculous, but something), it just really bothers me and I'm afraid to even eat rice without combing thru it now to make sure it's "clean."