Many people rely on prepackaged food products for a quick work lunch or an easy dinner. These foods are not made from scratch in a St. Louis kitchen, so it's hard to know what is in them, but the typical consumer trusts that food companies will advertise their ingredients properly and keep the food safe. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for at least three consumers of frozen Lean Cuisine meals, who found an ingredient in their meal that wasn't on the label.
Specifically, they found glass fragments. Although Nestle, the company that produces Lean Cuisine, says no injuries have occurred, it is easy to see how someone could easily be hurt if they ate the dangerous product.
The fragments were reportedly found in packages of the Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli, which was produced in early November. The company has recalled this item, saying consumers should not eat it and should contact the company's customer service department. They have reportedly recalled more than 500,000 dishes.
Although the company claims that consumers' health and safety is its first priority, this is not the first instance of people finding inedible materials in their products. In 2011, the company recalled other Lean Cuisine dinners after red plastic was found in the packages by consumers. In 2008, blue particles in their meals prompted a recall as well.
With the trust that consumers put on food companies, they absolutely have a duty to keep their products safe. When negligence on the part of the company leads to injuries, victims may be able to obtain compensation in order to cover damages such as medical costs.
Source: USA Today, "Lean Cuisine recall: Glass found in mushroom ravioli," Kim Painter, Feb. 12, 2013