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Lean Cuisine frozen meals recalled

November 19, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Reports of small chunks of blue plastic in Lean Cuisine brand frozen chicken dinners have led Nestle Prepared Foods Co. to recall nearly 900,000 pounds worth of meals.The frozen dinners were distributed nationwide, and at least one person has reported an injury, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

So far, the blue plastic has been found in three specific Lean Cuisine dinners -- Cafe Classics Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta, Spa Cuisine Chicken Mediterranean and Dinnertime Selects Chicken Tuscan.

According to the USDA, the contaminated dinners were produced between Aug. 18 and Oct. 27 of this year. Each package is marked with "EST-P 9018."

The USDA has provided a list of production codes so consumers can check to see if their dinners have been recalled. The following products are subject to recall:

-- 9.5-ounce packages of Cafe Classics Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of 8280595912 as well as a use- by date of "Best Before May 2010."

-- 10.5-ounce packages of Spa Cuisine Chicken Mediterranean brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of 8231595912 or 8241595912 as well as a use-by date of "Best before Sept. 2010"; a production code of 8263595912, 8269595911 or 8274595912, as well as a use- by date of "Best before Oct. 2010"; or, a production code of 8291595912 or 8301595912 " as well as a use-by date of "Best before Nov. 2010."

-- 12.5-ounce packages of Dinnertime Selects Chicken Tuscan brand frozen meals. Printed on the side of each package is a production code of 8234595911 and a use-by date of Best before Sept. 2009; a production code of 8253595911 or 8269595912 as well as a use-by date of Best before Oct. 2009; or a production code of 8292595911 or 8296595911 as well as a use-by date of "Best before Nov. 2009."

The meals can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. For details, call Nestle at 800-227-6188.


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