Lean Cuisine Recalls Frozen Dinners Over Contamination Issues
Nestle is recalling a nation-wide recall on a specific variety of one of their Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. Consumers are urged to check their freezers for Lean Cuisine's Baked Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy meals; the concern is over contamination. More than 92,000 pounds of meals are involved in the recall effort that at this point only includes that specific meal variety.
The contamination involved items pieces of hard plastic. According to news sources, consumers started reporting that they were finding these hard plastic pieces in the food item:
“The problem was discovered on December 18, 2020, by the firm, after receiving five consumer complaints involving hard white plastic found in the product. The firm believes the mashed potatoes used in the production of the baked chicken meals products had pieces of a plastic conveyor belt that broke during production,” according to the recall notice."
The frozen meals in question were processed on September 2 and have "best before" dates in October 2021. All of the frozen dinners involved in the recall have the USDA establishment number "EST.P-9018" stamped on the side of the cases that were shipped to distribution centers. Here are more specific details - with the product description coming direct from the USDA website:
- 8 5/8-oz. (244g) carton trays of LEAN CUISINE Baked Chicken, white meat chicken with stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes and gravy” with a lot code of 0246595911 and “Best Before” date of October 2021.
According to the USDA and Nestle, consumers who have the recalled products in question should not consume them. They're being directed to call Nestle Prepared Foods: 1-800-993-8625.