Lean Cuisine Recalls Thousands of Frozen Meals
If you have any baked chicken Lean Cuisine meals in your freezer, the USDA is urging you to throw them out. There could be hidden pieces of plastic pieces in those products.
Over the weekend, 92,206 pounds of Lean Cuisine baked chicken meals were recalled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after parent company, Nestlé Prepared Foods, "found evidence that some products may be contaminated with extraneous materials including pieces of white hard plastic."
This is potentially some pretty serious stuff as the USDA claims this situation to be a "Class I" recall meaning, "there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." Thankfully, there have been no reports of injury from consumption. The issue was first discovered after complaints from consumers started rolling in on Friday. According to the USDA, the company believes that the pieces of plastic broke off of a conveyor belt and got into the mashed potatoes included with the meals.
The Lean Cuisine meals specifically affected are the 8 5/8-oz. carton trays of Lean Cuisine's baked chicken which comes with "white meat chicken with stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes & gravy." You can also identify these products by the lot code number 0246595911. Take note to see if they were produced and packaged on Sept. 2. If so, you'll need to throw it out or return the products to the store you purchased them from. The recalled meals also come with a "best before" date of October 2021.
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