The public are being asked to check their freezers for a flavor of Lean Cuisine frozen dinners because consumers have been complaining about pieces of hard plastic in the product. Nestle has launched a nationwide recall.
The Lean Cuisine baked chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy have “best before” dates in October 2021, according to a recall notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). More than 92,000 pounds of product are included in the recall.
“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.
As of the posting of the recall notice, no confirmed reports of injuries or other adverse reactions had been reported. Anyone who has any of the recalled product should throw it away or take it to the place of purchase for a refund, according to the recall notice.
Nestle reports that the frozen dinners were packaged on Sept. 2. All of them have the USDA establishments number “EST. P-9018” printed on the side of the cases shipped to distribution centers and retailers.
The following information can be used to identify the recalled frozen chicken dinners:
- 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.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Nestlé Prepared Foods, at 800-993-8625.
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