NEW JERSEY- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall of Nestle Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken meals for “possible extraneous materials, specifically pieces of white hard plastic.”

The baked chicken meals were produced and packaged on September 2, 2020 with a “Best Before” date of October 2021.

This recall is for “8 8/5 oz (244g) carton trays of LEAN CUISINE Baked Chicken, white meat chicken with stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes and gravy” lot code 0246595911.  The product has an “establishment number EST.P-9018 on the side of the carton near the lot number.

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Locally, neither ShopRite nor Stop and Shop have this product listed on their corporate recall list but the USDA said the products were shipped to retailers and distributors nationwide.

The issue was discovered on December 18, 2020 after the company received five complaints from consumers who found the white hard plastic in their food, according to the USDA.  They said the company believes the mashed potatoes included in the packaged meal had pieces of a plastic conveyor belt that broke during production.

The USDA said they have not gotten any reports of injury or illness stemming from the contamination.

According to the USDA announcement, consumers with questions about the recall can contact Nestlé Prepared Foods, at (800) 993-8625 

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