Nestlé has issued a voluntary recall of some of its Lean Cuisine ravioli dishes after consumers reportedly found glass fragments in the food.
"Nestlé is dedicated to food quality, and the health and safety of its consumers," according to a company press release
accompanying Friday's recall. "For these reasons, the company initiated this recall. We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this voluntary product recall."
Three consumers reported finding shards of glass in the ravioli portion of the Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli frozen entrées, leading Nestlé to recall more than 500,000 dishes. No injuries were reported.
Nestlé spokesperson Roz O'Hearn said the recall only applied to products with the production codes 2311587812 and 2312587812, and a "best before date" of December 2013.
"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."
Because the recalled packages were made in November 2012, Nestlé believes that few remain on store shelves, but the products could still be in customers' freezers at home. Nestlé has offered to reimburse customers with a replacement coupon, according to the release.
This isn't the first time Nestlé recalled its products. In 2012, the company pulled its Nesquik chocolate power because of a possible salmonella risk.
Nestlé also recalled more than 10,000 pounds of Lean Cuisine Spaghetti and Meatballs entrées in 2011 after consumers in three different states reported finding bits of hard red plastic in the meatballs.
Food recalls as a whole aren't uncommon, but they usually involve bacteria contaminations like salmonella or E. coli, rather than foreign materials.
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