If You Have This Popular Frozen Meal at Home, Throw It Away Immediately

If You Have This Popular Frozen Meal at Home, Throw It Away Immediately

If you’ve been trying to make your life a little easier and a little healthier these days—and really, who isn’t?—there’s a good chance you have some frozen low-calorie meals in your fridge. But they may not all be as healthy as you’d hope. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is warning Americans to double-check their freezers this week after Lean Cuisine recalled one of their most popular meals. Read on to see if you have it at home.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued an alert regarding a Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken meal made by Nestlé that “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of white hard plastic.” The problem came to light after Nestlé received five complaints from consumers who had discovered plastic in their food. The company believes that the issue arose from a plastic conveyor belt breaking during the production of the mashed potatoes and fragments of it ended up in the side dish of the meal.

The specific meal in question was produced and packaged on Sept. 2, 2020, and is labeled as “Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken, white meat chicken with stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes and gravy” with a lot of code of 0246595911 and a best-by date of Oct. 2021. The boxes in question also have the establishment number “EST. P-9018” printed on them.

The recall extends to approximately 92,206 pounds of the Lean Cuisine product.

While no injuries or illnesses have yet been reported, the FSIS is advising that any consumer who still has this product should throw it away or return it to the point of purchase.

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Read on for other recent food safety scares, and for a seasonal food-related warning you need to know.

1. Stuffed Foods mac & cheese bites
Fried Mac and Cheese balls served on white platter

Another frozen food yanked from grocery store freezers recently was Stuffed Foods LLC’s Mac & Cheese Bites. A recall was issued when the packages were actually found to contain the brand’s Buffalo-Style Chicken Poppers. Frustrating, sure, but the wrongly included product also contained soy, a known allergen that wasn’t listed on the label. The FSIS marked the recall as Class II, meaning that it’s “a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.” And for foods that improve memory, read 12 Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

2. Country Meats pork snack sticks
Smoked thin pork meat stick snack

Country Meats, a company that offers 12 flavors of smoked snacks sold for fundraisers for just $1 each, issued a recall on their Hot BBQ Flavor Smoked Pork Snack Sticks. There was a packaging issue that led to some of the Hot BBQ sticks being filled with the Chili Cheese flavor instead, the latter of which contains milk, the FSIS reported. The BBQ flavor does not have dairy, which means milk was not listed in the ingredients, making it dangerous to anyone with a milk allergy.

3. Publix holiday cookie platters
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Publix’s seasonal holiday cookie platters were subject to an emergency recall after it was discovered that they contained undeclared pecans, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because the packaging failed to disclose the nuts, they posed a serious risk to those suffering from nut allergies, which are considered to be on the more serious end of the allergy spectrum, potentially leading to life-threatening and even fatal reactions. Do your best to avoid these 11 Intelligence Killing Foods You Need To Avoid

4. Fresh Attitude spinach
A bowl of freshly washed spinach leaves

The FDA issued a warning in November that baby spinach from the Fresh Attitude brand could be contaminated with salmonella. While unpleasant for the majority of people, when it comes to the medically vulnerable, salmonella contamination can be potentially fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that salmonella causes around 1.35 million infections and 420 deaths in the U.S. each year.