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If You Buy Lean Cuisine Dinners, You May Have to Throw These Out

Some meals were recalled over customer complaints involving plastic pieces found in the products.
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Are you a fan of Lean Cuisine? You may need to clear out your stash of quick frozen dinners in the wake of the latest food recall alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to the agency, Nestle has launched a nationwide recall of some Lean Cuisine meals over customer complaints involving plastic pieces found in the products.

The problem came to light on Dec. 18 after Nestle received several complaints of hard pieces of white plastic found in Lean Cuisine's Baked Chicken meals with mashed potatoes and gravy. The company believes that the mashed potatoes had pieces of plastic that broke off a production conveyor belt. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

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The recall includes more than 92,000 pounds of the Baked Chicken meal products, which were packaged on Sept. 2 and shipped to distribution centers and retailers across the U.S. You can positively identify the recalled products by lot code 0246595911 printed on the packaging and a "best before" date in Oct. 2021.

If you do find you have one or more of these Lean Cuisine meals in your freezer, don't consume them. Throw them out—or take them to the place you purchased them for a refund. While no injuries have yet been reported in connection to this recall, the USDA is treating it as a Class I recall, meaning the health risk is high.

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Mura Dominko
Mura Dominko is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!. Read more
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