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Broken glass discovered in Lean Cuisines, massive recall alert

A massive recall from Nestle has consumers on edge this month after three people have already reported finding broken pieces of glass in a specific frozen meal from Lean Cuisine.

It's not clear at this time how the glass shards made their way into the product, though Nestle is fairly certain that the affected packages were manufactured during early November 2012 which limits the number of defective products. As far as the company knows, only one of the packaged meals, Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli, is considered to be dangerous and has posted the production codes online so consumers can know which meals to avoid.

Although no injuries have been reported many medical experts would agree that this most recent recall has the most potential for causing serious bodily harm. When consumed, the glass can not only cut the inside of consumer's mouths but if swallowed, can cause serious damage to the esophagus and digestive track.

This most recent defective product recall is by far the most alarming but is by no means the first the company has had to make. In fact, according to CBS News, in March 2011 Nestle was forced to issue a similar recall of its Lean Cuisine Spaghetti with Meatballs from their Simple Favorites after customers discovered plastic in the meatballs.

Although man customers are happy that the company caught the mistake before anyone received serious injury, there are still some who would argue that this mistake shouldn't have happened in the first place. We hold food manufacturers in some of the highest regards because we expect that they are taking every necessary precaution to keep our food safe for consumption. When this ends up not being the fact, we start to wonder whether manufacturers are really following safety regulations as closely as they should.

Source: patch.com, "Lean Cuisine Recalls Ravioli After Glass Found in Product," Feb. 14, 2013

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