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Nestle Food Recalled

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Nestle USA initiated a voluntary recall of select food products on March 10 after finding glass pieces in certain DiGiorno Pizza, Lean Cuisine and Stauffer’s Lasagna products.

“No injuries have been reported,” according to Nestle USA’s press release. “We are recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of glass that may cause injury.”

The investigation is still underway, but Nestle believes the source of the glass is spinach, an ingredient found in DiGiorno Pizza, Lean Cuisine, and Stauffer’s Lasagna products that have been recalled, according to the press release.

Ian Martinson, store director of Broulim’s Fresh Foods in Rexburg, said they received the recall from Nestle on March 11.

“Our warehouse has a website that they’re always posted to that we have instant access to,” Martinson said. “We’ll get an email from our corporate office letting us know about the recall, and then we’ll also get a paper copy through our warehouse that come on the trucks every morning.”

When products regulated by the FDA are deemed defective or potentially harmful, recalling the product is considered the most effective way of protecting the public, according to the FDA Product Recalls Web page.

“There are urgent recalls which we’ll even get a phone call if it’s a crucial recall,” Martinson said. “There are others called voluntary recalls, too. We get urgent recalls here and there, but nothing too crazy.”

Voluntary recalls are usually the case. Companies may discover an issue and recall their products, or the FDA will raise concerns and the company will choose to recall the product. It is rare that the FDA will request a recall, according to the FDA Product Recalls Web page.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service is also involved in food recalls. Companies generally initiate the recalls after they see an issue or after concerns are raised by FSIS. If companies refuse, then FSIS has legal authority to seize the products on the market, according to USDA FSIS Web page.

“An important thing to remember about recalls is they affect certain lot numbers or sell by dates, and that’s sometimes confusing, so at the store level, we’ll have to clarify that to our customers,” Martinson said.

Martinson said people will hear about a recall through the news or some other way and then look in their freezers and find the product they think is being recalled. He said those people then bring the products into the store, and Broulims employees have to explain that their lot number or sell by date is not on the recall list.

“We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this recall,” according to the Nestle press release. “We are working with both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on this voluntary recall and will cooperate with them fully.”

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