Thursday, March 17, 2011

Plastic in Lean Cuisine: Nestle product recall!

"NESTLE Product Recall: Bits of Plastic in Lean Cuisine"
Originally published in Equalizer Post on 16 March 2011 here.

"Aren’t those Lean Cuisines dinners supposed to be a healthy alternative? Nestle Prepared Food Co. announced Tuesday a voluntary recall of frozen spaghetti and meatball dinner after reports of red plastic being found in the meatballs.
From News Medical
By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

Lean cuisine Spaghetti With Meatball has been recalled in the U.S. after bits of red plastic have reportedly been found in a few of the ready-made meals.

The recall notice was issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and affects about 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatballs. Food maker Nestle, in its statement, says the affected packages were produced in October. The health risk associated with this recall is low, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service explained. If the product is consumed, there is only a remote probability of adverse health consequences.

Nestle Prepared Foods received complaints from consumers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, that consumers had found hard plastic in the frozen meals, the FSIS said. The products were sold east of the Rocky Mountains in 9.5 ounce units entitled “Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites, Spaghetti with Meatballs” and have the establishment number “EST 7991.” They all have a November 2011 expiry date on the side of the package.

“We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this voluntary product recall,” Nestlé said in a statement.

About Nestlé USA
Named one of “America’s Most Admired Food Companies” in Fortune magazine for 13 consecutive years, Nestlé USA provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with LEAN CUISINE® to baking traditions with NESTLÉ®®, Nestlé USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that enrich the very experience of life itself. That’s what “Nestlé. Good Food, Good Life” is all about. Well-known Nestlé brands include: NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®, NESTLÉ®®, NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE®, STOUFFER’S®, LEAN CUISINE®, HOT POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches, NESCAFÉ®, NESCAFÉ® TASTER’S CHOICE®, NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE®, BUITONI®, DREYER’S/EDY’S®, NESTLÉ® CRUNCH®, NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER®, and WONKA®.
CNN) -- Nestle Prepared Foods Co. on Tuesday announced a voluntary recall of a frozen spaghetti and meatballs dinner it manufacturers which may be contaminated with pieces of red plastic.

The recall applies to packages of LEAN CUISINE® Simple Favorites Spaghetti with Meatballs frozen dinners that were manufactured during a one-hour period in October, according to a news release by the Solon, Ohio-based company.

The production code on packages subject to the recall is 0298595519 P, the release stated.

"Nestle is taking this action after a few consumers reported they had found red plastic in the meatball portion of the entrée," the statement read. "No injuries were reported by any of these consumers."

"Thus far, the plastic complaints appear to be confined to a very short period of production," the company stated. "However, out of an abundance of caution, Nestle is recalling the entire hour code of that product."

The company stated that no other products were affected by the possible contamination."


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