There have been recent consumer reports of glass shards found in packages of Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli, which is manufactured by Cleveland-based Nestle Prepared Foods Co. In light of these complaints, the company issued a recall of the defective products. The questionable ravioli is marked with one of two production codes and should state that the product is "best before" December 2013.
Consumers who contact Nestle to report that they might have purchased this product may receive a replacement coupon. Reports are being accepted over the phone and via email, and Nestle may make arrangements to obtain the product for further study. Consumers are cautioned not to eat the food that may have been affected.
The manufacturer reported that no other types of Lean Cuisine products were in contact with the glass shards. Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli entreés produced on other dates are reportedly not at risk of contamination.
The manufacturer of a product is strictly liable for injuries caused by the product. The law recognizes that is may be difficult for a consumer to explain how a foreign object wound up in a purchased product, but these things usually do not happen when everyone behaves with the reasonable care required by law, and this extends to the manufacturer, who is obligated to oversee production of food products with strict care. Therefore, a consumer may be able to recover compensation from a manufacturer only by showing that the product was defective in some way, and that the defect caused an injury. With the help of an experienced product liability lawyer, a consumer in this situation may be able to recover compensation to help cover medical bills incurred, lost wages and pain and suffering caused by a defective product.
Source: Cleveland.com, "Lean Cuisine mushroom ravioli recalled after glass found in food," Feb. 12, 2013
Source: Ohio Rev. Code, Sections 2307.71 - 2307.80