Lean Cuisine: Did emergency button spark recall?
Lean Cuisine spaghetti and meatballs is recalled after five customers find plastic pieces in Lean Cuisine packages.
Courtesy of US Department of Agriculture
The red plastic appears to be from an emergency stop button, the company says. And thatâ€™s something of a mystery, because Nestleâ€™s plant in Gaffney, S.C., which produced the recalled packages, had no reports of a broken button. Also, the plant was designed so that no emergency-stop button would be near areas where food was in transit.
That is why NestlĂ© is recalling an hourâ€™s worth of production of its Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Spaghetti with Meatballs and urging consumers to check their freezers.
Hereâ€™s what to look for: First check the UPC (the bar code) number to make sure itâ€™s the right product: PC 13800-10390. Then look for the production code, which is printed on the gray â€śproof of purchaseâ€ť panel on the right end flap of the package, just below the ingredients statement.
All 17,280 recalled packages will have this production code: 0298595519 P. It must include the P, which denotes the hour that it was made. So far, the pieces have been reported by consumers in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
If you have a recalled package, call the company at (866) 606-8264 or e-mail it at email@example.com . NestlĂ© says it will provide a replacement coupon for consumers. If there are plastic parts in the food, NestlĂ© may make arrangements to retrieve it to help in the investigation.
The company says it believes the contamination occurred within the span of a few minutes, but that itâ€™s recalling the entire hour of production â€śout of an abundance of caution.â€ť The company now can pinpoint Lean Cuisine packages down to the minute when they were produced.
NestlĂ© is contacting its suppliers to see if one of the Lean Cuisine ingredients shipments could have introduced the plastic into its plant.