Nestle Recalls Lean Cuisine Contaminated with Glass Fragments

February 11, 2013

429415_pelmeni_2.jpgFood contamination lawyers at Pintas & Mullins report of a troubling recall by Nestle Prepared Foods. At least three consumers found particles of glass in the popular Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli Lean Cuisine.

The recalled entrée was manufactured in early November 2012, and has a 'best before' date of December 2013. Nestle is advising all consumers nationwide to check their freezers for meals with production codes of 2311587812 and 2312587812. The production codes can be found in gray on the product's right side flap, below the ingredient statement.

For consumers who report having purchased the product, Nestle will provide a replacement coupon and may arrange to retrieve the entrée for additional examination. Ingesting even a miniscule fragment of glass may cause serious injury. It could pierce the mouth, throat, and harm the internal organs. Ingesting glass may also lead to sudden illness and other signs of complication, requiring immediate medical attention. Because these are just small fragments of glass, they may not be readily detected by consumers, increasing the risk of injury.

This is not the first time Lean Cuisine products have been contaminated with foreign materials. In early 2011, more than 10,000 pounds of the spaghetti with meatballs dinners were recalled after consumers in several states reported pieces of hard red plastic in the entrées.

Additionally, in 2008, 900,000 pounds of Lean Cuisines were recalled again due to pieces of plastic contamination. At least one person reported an injury in this recall, rendering it a Class I, meaning there was reasonable potential that the product could cause serious adverse health effects or death. In this instance, the plastic particles were traced back to a single lot of raw ingredients in a Lean Cuisine manufacturing facility.

Ingesting a foreign body, such as glass or plastic, can have many implications, some much more severe than others. Radiographs, CT scans, or x-rays will help determine the extent of ingestion and whether or not the particles are embedded in the digestive tract. Fortunately, the majority of foreign objects ingested by humans are able to pass through the gastrointestinal tract within one to two days without issue. Elongated or sharp objects, however, are more likely to get stuck in areas where the intestines narrow, such as at the appendix or bowels. Embedment of this type will show symptoms such as vomiting, pain, abnormal bowel movements, and signs of infection.

Some people have experienced sudden appendicitis after ingesting a foreign object, requiring emergency surgery. There are even reports of appendicitis developing in the months and years after initial ingestion. It is more likely for sharp or elongated objects to induce appendiceal perforation or inflammation. Sharp objects may also penetrate the bowel, causing significant internal injury. In many cases, these types of perforation or inflammation cause only short-lived symptoms.

Customers who purchased the affected Ravioli Lean Cuisine can contact Nestle Consumer Services at (866) 586-9424 or e-mail leancuisine@casupport.com for refund or reporting instructions. Product liability lawyers at Pintas & Mullins urge anyone injured by the Lean Cuisine entrées to report their injuries immediately and contact a skilled recall lawyer who can help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.