Kraft Singles Cheese Slice Recall Issued Over Choking Hazard
Approximately 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles, individually wrapped cheese slices, have been recalled after the manufacturer received reports of problems caused by the thin plastic film remaining on the cheese even after it had been unwrapped, including at least three report of consumers suffering a choking injury.
The Kraft Singles cheese recall was announced by the FDA on July 31, after at least 10 consumer complaints were received where a thin strip of the individual packaging film remained adhered to the cheese slice. Included in the 10 reports, three individuals reportedly choked on the thin clear plastic.
The recall includes three and four pound sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese products, with best used by date of December 29, 2015 through January 4, 2016.
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The cheese products contain the manufacturing code S54 or S55, representing either of the two production lines the cheese was processed through. The “Best When Used By” dates and manufacturing codes are located on a stamp on the 3 and 4 pound boxes and also in the enclosed individual one pound packages.
For a full list of recalled cheese products, production codes, and expiration dates, please visit the recall notice linked above. Kraft announced that no other products are impacted by the potential layer of plastic film remaining on products.
The FDA estimates that roughly 36,000 cases are impacted by the recall. The cheese was manufactured and process by Kraft Heinz Company of Northfield, Illinois where they were shipped to retailers in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Grand Cayman. According to Kraft, the products from these production lines were not shipped to Canada.
In Kraft’s press release, the company deeply apologized to its consumers and has asked them to stop consuming the recalled portion immediately and return it to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico may also contact Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations for a full refund at 1-800-432-3101.
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