A staggering number of frozen dinners might be contaminated with pieces of glass or hard plastic. The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA received consumer complaints on Friday that the rib-shaped patties had glass in them. By Saturday, it had issued a class I recall of the meals in question.
A class I recall means that there’s “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” Considering the obvious damage that eating glass or hard pieces of plastic can cause, it seems entirely warranted.
The recall covers approximately 173,376 pounds of not ready to eat frozen pork entrées sold under the Boston Market brand. More specifically, they are “Boston Market Home Style Meals Boneless Pork Rib Shaped Patty with BBQ Sauce and Mashed Potatoes.” Some quick arithmetic shows us that, because each dinner is 14 ounces, about 198,144 are subject to this recall.
Affected dinners have black cardboard packaging (like this) and one of the following combinations of best buy dates and lot codes: 12/07/2019 and 8341, 01/04/2020 and 9004, 01/24/2020 and 9024, and 02/15/2020 and 9046.
RECALL ALERT: More than 86 tons of frozen Boston Market dinners are being recalled from retailers across the U.S. after consumers reported that some items contained pieces of glass or plastic https://t.co/G79ZaUp1Lg pic.twitter.com/yjbxYoPCY4
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 25, 2019
They were made by a Jackon, Ohio, company called Bellisio Foods and distributed nationwide, including to a Department of Defense facility in Tucson, Arizona.
Luckily, the USDA says that there have been no reports of “adverse reactions or injuries” from people eating their products. It still encourages people who feel concerned about their own health to contact a medical professional.
If you find one of the potentially hazardous dinners in your freezer, you should return it to the place of purchase or throw it away.