Another day, another food recall? It sure seems that way. Just weeks after Skippy recalled jars of its reduced-fat peanut butter, Lean Cuisine is also recalling its popular Simple Favorites Spaghetti with Meatballs meal after people found red plastic pieces inside the meatballs. Ick.
According to the USDA, approximately 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatball entrees are a part of the recall. The packages bear the establishment number “P-7991” the case code “0298595519P” and a best before date of November, 2011 printed on the side of the package, underneath the ingredient listing. The spaghetti and meatball products were packaged late last October and shipped to stores east of the Rocky Mountains.
With more and more of these recalls happening, how can you make sure that you and your food is safe? Follow the tips below from the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you find a recalled food in your kitchen!
1. Don't freak out. Most food manufacturers issue a recall as a precautionary measure, not because of an actual food-illness outbreak. With that said...
2. Don't eat the food. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so don't eat the food. Also don't give it to your local food bank or your pet.
3. Don't open the food. Many times you can't see, smell or taste the bacteria or viruses that cause food illnesses, so resist the temptation to open the food and check it. If you do handle the food, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
4. Check the recall notice. Manufacturers will provide instructions of what to do with a recalled product. These usually include returning the product to the store where you bought it for a refund or throwing the food away. Click here for a full list of recalls.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.