An Omaha family who made a chilling discovery in a frozen dinner contacted Six On Your Side. Our investigation led to a recall of the food item.
Her mom told 17-year-old Ashley Barry to eat a heavier diet, so it's ironic that the teenager found a steel clamp sealed in a frozen entree. "I thought it was a joke.”
Ashley's mother, Karen Kader, didn’t find it funny and worried that the clamp ended up in the frozen dinner on the processing line at the food plant. "If' it's from a machine, if it's a practical joke, well, it's not really funny just because if there are small pieces…”
Kader purchased the sesame chicken frozen entree two weeks ago at the Aldi store near 132nd and West Center.
Packed in ice, Six On Your Side took it there to show a regional manager. That led the grocery chain to pull three flavors of Fit and Active frozen entrees off the shelves.
Making a quick inspection of this frozen entree, it didn't appear that the seal had been tampered with. It looked like it came this way from the factory.
The brand only sold at Aldi is manufactured by Bellisio Foods in Jackson, Ohio. A company vice president tells Six On Your Side the processing lines have metal detectors and scales. The company will investigate if and how those safety procedures failed.
“It disturbed me that, for one, I would never have eaten it anyway, but I was going to give my sister food and I can't mircowave this with metal in it," says Ashley.
Karen says Aldi managers called to apologize, but she's not looking for anything more than a thank you for alerting food inspectors to an entree that contained too much iron.
Representatives of Aldi stores personally met with the family and brought them two bags of groceries and an apology to make amends.
The entree itself remains in the family freezer until a federal inspector picks it up. The government will work with Bellisio Foods to determine how it happened.