Lean Cuisine is recalling about 92,206 pounds of meals after getting complaints from consumers about plastic pieces in the products sold nationwide. According to a CBS news report, the meals could be contaminated with extraneous materials specifically pieces of hard white plastic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service said the problem came to light after five complaints about the packaged meals.
Details of the Recall
The recalled meals were manufactured by Nestle on Sept. 2. The company believes the plastic pieces came from a conveyor belt that broke while producing mashed potatoes in the meals. The recalled meals involve 244-gram carton trays of Lean Cuisine baked chicken with stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes and gravy. The products have a “best by” date of October 2021 and an establishment number “EST. P-9018” on the side of the case near the lot number.
So far, USDA has not received any reports of injuries or illness from consumers as a result of eating these products. The agency has warned that these recalled products may still be sitting in people’s freezers. Officials are urging those who have these products at home to discard them or return them to the point of purchase. Those with questions are asked to call Nestle Prepared Foods at (800) 993-8625.
While it’s common to hear about bacteria contamination in food products, it has become increasingly common to hear about foreign objects such as plastic, metal, glass or rubber get into food, particularly food that is processed and packaged. Sharp fragments in food have the potential to cause serious injuries such as oral or internal injuries. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a product is considered “adulterated” if it contains a hard or sharp foreign object that measures 7 mm to 25 mm in length as is ready to eat, or required minimal preparation steps that would not eliminate or neutralize the danger before the food is consumed.
Because processed food passes through machines and conveyor belts before it reaches consumers, there is the potential for contamination. That said, food producers have a responsibility to make items that are safe and healthy for consumers.
Injured victims of defective products can hold manufacturers responsible by filing a product liability claim and seeking compensation for the injuries, damages and losses caused. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer can provide affected victims with more information about pursuing their legal rights.