Nestle Recalls Several Products Because of Possible Glass
Nestle recalled 12 types of products in the United States because they may contain small pieces of glass, while Indian media reports said the company’s Maggi noodles may face new regulatory issues, both of which are setbacks for the Swiss food company as it seeks to revitalize some of its best known brands.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the U.S. flaw, according to the Vevey, Switzerland-based company, which announced the recall of a “limited” number of DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s products Thursday.
Nestle also recalled two types of Delissio pizzas in Canada.
“There’s going to be some lackluster sales just as Nestle was hoping to reap the rewards of that repositioning,” said Robert Waldschmidt, an analyst at Liberum Capital in London.
Lean Cuisine underwent the biggest overhaul in its 35-year history last year as Nestle invested millions in turning around the ailing convenience-meal brand.
The company introduced healthier options, such as organic and high-protein meals, as prepared-meals were increasingly perceived as unhealthy.
Nestle, which has also revamped DiGiorno and Stouffer’s, said last month that second-half volume of U.S. frozen foods rose by a “mid-single-digit” percentage and the turnaround of frozen foods helped add 1.2 percentage points to North American sales growth for the whole year.
Separately, Nestle’s Maggi noodles may be facing new issues in India.
The Press Trust of India said district authorities of Barabanki in the state of Uttar Pradesh are giving the company one month to appeal a claim that Maggi noodles are substandard because of ash content.
The noodles are safe and the regulator is incorrectly applying standards for macaroni on the product, Nestle India said in a statement, adding it hasn’t received any information from the authorities.