Kraft Velveeta Skillet Meal Recall Issued for Cheeseburger Mac Products

Roughly 1.7 million pounds of microwavable Kraft Velveeta Skillet cheeseburger macaroni and cheese meal products have been recalled due to a failure to indicate that they contain soy, which could pose a serious risk of health problems for consumers with soy allergies.

The Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles recall was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on January 19, after problems with the packaging labels was discovered during a routine quality check conducted by the manufacturer.

The labels on the Kraft Velveeta Cheeseburger Mac products do not disclose that hydrolyzed soy protein and dried soy sauce are contained in the meals. The manufacturer believes that the label supplier inadvertently mixed labels with the incorrect ingredients.

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Although no reports of injuries or adverse events have been received, individuals with soy allergies could experience severe health complications within a few minutes or up to an hour after consuming the products. Symptoms of food allergy could include vomiting, nausea, itching both in the mouth and of the skin, abdominal pain, hives, asthma, and possibly swelling of the throat that can be life threatening.

The recall includes roughly 1.77 million pounds of Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles-Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac with UPC code 2100004329 and the following case codes: 00210000432900, 00210000432910, 00210000432925, 00210000464000, and 00210000465100. The products are labeled with a “Best By” date code shown as “02 MARCH 2014 through 23 OCT 2014.

The affected Kraft products were manufactured by Truitt Brother Inc. of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, from May 6, 2013 through January 16, 2014 where they were shipped to Kraft Foods distribution centers and retail locations nationwide.

Consumers who experience soy allergic reactions are encouraged to see their healthcare provider immediately. Consumers with questions about the recalled products should contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations Center at 1-800-396-5512 or visit the FSIS virtual website to ask questions 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov.

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