Glass shards in Lean Cuisine prompt recall

Nearly 500,000 boxes of Mushroom Mezzaluna are affected after 3 consumers find shards in their meals.

By Jason Notte Feb 12, 2013 2:42PM

File photo of Lean Cuisine frozen foods in a grocery store ( Kristoffer Tripplaar/Alamy)Every culture has its version of the dumpling, but few lend themselves to experimentation quite as well as the ravioli. Whether stuffed with ricotta cheese and drizzled with marinara sauce, filled with pumpkin and garnished with pesto or laden with lobster beneath a stream of aioli, ravioli lives in a world populated by options.

Shards of glass probably shouldn't be among them.

Nestlé (NSRGY) has issued a voluntary recall of some of its Lean Cuisine ravioli dishes after three consumers reported finding glass shards in the product. None of those consumers was injured, but it's safe to say their boxes of reheated dinner were ruined.

While we're relatively certain that "mezzaluna" translates to "half moon" in Italian and not "oh god, my mouth is bleeding," Nestlé still advises shoppers to steer clear of more than 500,000 boxes of its Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli. Nestlé issued a press release identifying the dangerous boxes of ravioli by their production codes of 2311587812 and 2312587812 and a "best before date" of December 2013. Those production codes can be found just below the ingredient list.

Nestle would prefer it if customers didn't tempt fate and try to eat said ravioli. Instead, the company recommends avoiding the least fun in-box surprise ever and contacting its customer service department at (866) 586-9424 or Customers will get a coupon for a replacement box.

This isn't Lean Cuisine's first bad batch of pasta dishes, either. Back in 2011, its spaghetti and meatballs dishes were recalled after customers found bits of red plastic in the mix. Nestlé spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn says the company apologizes for the latest incident, but is a bit baffled about how the glass got there in the first place.

"This is an unusual complaint for us because we don't have glass in our factories. We have a no-glass policy," O'Hearn told The Huffington Post. "We are very committed to food safety."

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Feb 12, 2013 2:59PM
Nah it's just a new diet technique.  The shards of glass cut the fat out as they go through your system.

Lean Cuisine, always on the cutting edge of dietary science.

Feb 12, 2013 3:53PM
With a no-glass facility, sounds like an employee who didn't get the raise/promotion they wanted.
Feb 12, 2013 4:10PM
I guess they decided the huge amount of sodium wasn't killing us fast enough.
Feb 12, 2013 4:43PM

What a bunch of hack journalism. Why dont you just get to the point insted of being so cavalier in your opening. A food recall is a serious matter.


Feb 12, 2013 3:11PM
The tongue-in-cheek in the article did little to add the it and was very annoying to me. In the words of Joe Friday, "Just the facts, mam. Just the facts." Aside from that, I have eaten (and continue to eat) eat Lean Cuisine every day at work for the past year and have had no problems. Good thing I don't like mushrooms in general OR Lean Cuisine's Ravioli dishes.
Feb 12, 2013 5:38PM

Shame on (ahem) writer Jason Notte his snarky tone in a food recall article. Please send this immature individual back either to the playground or the celebrity fashion review.

Feb 12, 2013 5:11PM
I have found finger nails in instant oatmeal, candy wrappers in Manwich can sauce, and hair imbedded in life savers.  The quality of foods have gone in the toilet!
Feb 12, 2013 5:03PM
Feb 12, 2013 5:09PM
i found Plastic Pieces in my Bertolli Frozen Meals, they sent me a coupon and a bag to send the package back to them, I guess the coupon was to buy some more plastic, I sent it back... 
Feb 12, 2013 3:44PM
I bring lean cuisines to work for lunch.  No one makes frozen food as good as Stouffer.  But stuff happens and employees aren't perfect - some even do stupid things despite lots of training.
Feb 12, 2013 4:43PM
just wondering, did anyone happen to see the Capri Sun juice drink that is full of mold?? Someone apparently opened the pouch and found that many of the pouches do contain this.. I'm not going to start making my own juice, but I do prefer to be able to see into the container that I'm drinking out of
Feb 12, 2013 3:56PM

I once had a guest at our home take a big swig of a bottle of Smirnoff Ice that had a large deposit of glass sediment in the bottom (and also in her mouth!!).


didn't seem too panicked about it considering. In fact, rather cavalier... I finally asked what they thought would happen if their Chairman and CEO had served that to guest at HIS house. Probably would have closed the frickin production line. Of course, they were all too happy to send a courier over to pick it up and leave another 6-pack - yeah, we sure want THAT after drinking broken GLASS!  Always look first... THAT could have ended badly.

Feb 12, 2013 5:06PM
Smart move I think glass is a low or no calorie food and it's probably inexpensive.
Feb 12, 2013 6:06PM
Feb 12, 2013 6:04PM
uhhh who do you go to when you get contaminated food. bought some at walmart cheesy hashbrowns , made on west coast, lady said send in subject they would ck. it out, i said no they offered $10 walmart gift card,what a laugh. my wife bit down on it .,they told me they couldn't be made to recall . what everyone think
Feb 12, 2013 6:04PM
I feel like gagging -- what next?  Horse meet in hamburger --I remember years ago they found rat hair & feces in peanut butter , still think of that!~, but I love peanut butter.
Feb 12, 2013 4:54PM
I can't see eating m****duced pre-packaged meals even to diet.  There is a lot of sodium and preservatives.  If budget and time issues are a problem, you can do what I used to do when I was pretty poor and working incredibly long hours, often 7 days a week.  I tried to limit my hours on one of the days during a given week to no more than 8, so I'd have time to grocery shop.  Then I'd come home, spend a lot of time cooking and freezing, and planning cheap but nutritious one-pot meals.  Chopped celery and onion, peeled garlic, etc. for later use. Canned tomatoes work for all sorts of things, too.  On days when I was too tired for anything else, I at least came home to hot food, because I'd put one of the 2 person servings I'd made of frozen soup, chili or spaghetti sauce in a crock pot and turned it to low before I left for work at 5:30 AM.  (If I didn't have company, I'd save the rest for another meal I could quickly heat on the stove.)  Spaghetti was usually for whatever day looked to be shortest so I'd have the energy to make a salad, warm garlic bread and cook the rotini noodles for the sauce.   Nice when my old college roommate stopped by, bringing a bottle of wine as her "share" for dinner.  BTW, I'm retired, but husband still works, and we still like the crockpot solution!
Feb 12, 2013 5:11PM

I guess it's a good thing I hate mushrooms!

Feb 12, 2013 6:25PM

You lack the integrity to write a fair article.  You must have got your degree from Crackhead University and a Member of I Lack Class Fraternity.


I will be willing to bet that Nestle has the Production Numbers and Zeroed in the Questionable Product.  I am willing to bet that there are multiple numbers and the glass between the different occurenceas is all different to chemical makeup.  Which leads me to make another assumption of a copycat.  Will you have a the integrity to make a retraction on this article I doubt it.

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