November 21, 2008

                    
Nestle recalls frozen chicken products on plastic fears
                     
 

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. has recalled three of its Lean Cuisine entrees after receiving complaints that plastic was found in the products.
 

Nestle has recalled 879,565 pounds of frozen chicken meals, said USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Most of the products were distributed to supermarkets nationwide.

 

Products subject to recall include 9.5-ounce packages of "Lean Cuisine Pesto Chicken With Bow Tie Pasta" frozen meals with a production code of "8280595912"; 10.5-ounce packages of "Lean Cuisine Chicken Mediterranean" frozen meals with a production code of "8231595912" or "8241595912"; and 12.5-ounce packages of "Lean Cuisine Chicken Tuscan" frozen meals with a production code of "8234595911".

 

Each package bears the USDA mark of inspection and the number "EST P-9018". The products were made between August 18-October 27.

 

The company received complaints from seven consumers in New England, New York and Texas, who reported finding small hard blue plastic bits in the meals.

 

One consumer had reported of injury, said Nestle Marketing Communications Manager Roz O'Hearn.

 

Nestle is investigating a domestic vendor that supplied a similar ingredient for all three products, said O'Hearn.

 

All three products were manufactured at its plant in Springville, Utah, but there were no plans to shut down the plant's operations.