Spaghetti & Meatballs Recalled, Emergency Button Possible Blame

10,260 pounds of Lean Cuisine Spaghetti with Meatballs is being recalled by Nestlé Prepared Foods Company.

The company, based in Gaffney, South Carolina, says the product may contain foreign materials

The recall was undertaken after Nestlé received complaints from consumers that were finding hard, red, plastic in the product. The company said the plastic appears to be parts of a red emergency stop button. However, the company says that no emergency buttons have been reported as broken in the plant, and that they are placed in locations away from food transit.

Roz O’Hearn, a Nestlé spokesman, said “We’re continuing our investigation,” and added, “if it were an emergency stop button, we’ve got about half of it.”

The recall involves 9.5 ounce packages of “Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites, Spaghetti with Meatballs.” marked with the Est. (establishment) number 7991 and the case code: 0298595519P. The ‘best before’ date is November of 2011.

The recalled product was shipped to retail locations east of the Rocky Mtns. So far, reports of contaminated spaghetti have been limited to South Dakota,, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

There are no reports of injuries at this time, according to the announcement. Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Nestlé at 1-866-606-8264.

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Faroh Sauder has spent more than 30 years working as a journalist and educator. He has written on politics, international affairs, civil rights, and consumer education. Now mostly retired, Faroh continues to stay current on tech and consumer issues and reports on his interests here at News For Shoppers.