959 Pounds Of Lunchables Recalled

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By Cooking Panda

I wouldn’t touch the things now, but when I was a kid the highlight of my school day lunches was getting to see which Lunchable my parents had packed for me to eat that day.

Unfortunately, 959 pounds of Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers are being recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recalled ready-to-eat meat and cheese packaged lunch items have a USE BY date of 25 DEC 2016; the product also contains two known but undeclared allergens: wheat and soy.

Happily enough, even though the problem was discovered on Oct. 6, when a consumer issued a complaint with the firm, no illnesses were associated with the complaint.

The issue was that the recalled Lunchables were incorrectly labeled as Nacho Lunchables, thereby rendering all of the nutrition facts and warning statements on the packages false.

Here is a comparison of the two different products’ nutrition labels:

If you have purchased these Lunchables, the FSIS asks that instead of consuming them, you either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you have any further questions, they ask that you call the manufacturer for Lunchables, Heinz, at 1-800-573-3877.

Source: FSIS / Photo credit: FSIS

Tags: food allergy, fsis, heinz, lunchables, recall
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The Internet Is Losing It Over This Homemade Lunchables Hack (Video)

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By Cooking Panda

All hail the internet, for it has blessed its users with another trick to prevent death by Sad Desk Lunch. That sweet, sweet trick, ladies and gentlemen, is called homemade Lunchables. 

Introduced in a video by crafting website Smart School House, homemade Lunchables can be made with the food of your choosing, an empty fruit cup or applesauce container and — the key to any Pinterest-worthy lunch, obviously — a mason jar (video below).

To make your own homemade Lunchable, fill a short mason jar with with wet ingredients, like milk or deli meats and cheese. Next, put dry ingredients, like cereal or crackers, in an empty container. Place the container on top of the lidded jar, screw on the second part of the lid and stare at your handiwork for an appropriate three seconds. 

And voila, the finished product is ready to be tossed into your backpack or purse. The hardest part is waiting until lunchtime to open it.

Besides the fact that it’s a beautiful beacon of convenience and fun, the best thing about the homemade Lunchable is its versatility.

For a more creative lunch, fill the microwave-safe jar with rice, beans and cheese, and add salsa to the applesauce container. To suit the healthier diner, put salad or grilled protein and veggies in the jar, and fill the container with a healthy vinaigrette. The combinations are endless.

Once you’ve polished off your lunch, place your jar in your bag so you can wash it at home for re-use. With a full stomach and a happy heart, ponder the environmental benefits of your recycled and re-usable lunch packaging, you eco-friendly star.

Sources: DelishKelly Dixon/YouTube / Photo credit: Delish via Smart School House

Tags: hack, Homemade, lunch, lunchables, mason jar
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