Recall Expands: Is this Kraft cheese in your fridge?
The following is a press release from the Kraft Heinz Company:
NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Sept. 3, 2015 – The Kraft Heinz Company is expanding the voluntary recall of select code dates and manufacturing codes of individually-wrapped American slices due to the possibility that a thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.
The original July 31, 2015 recall has been expanded. This product list below is inclusive of the previously recalled 3 LB and 4 LB sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese product with a “Best When Used By” date of 29 DEC 15 through 04 JAN 16, followed by the Manufacturing Code S54 or S55.
Only products with the S54 and S55 codes, which refer to the two production lines on which the impacted product was made, are included in this recall. The “Best When Used By” Date and Manufacturing Code are stamped on both the outer box and the individual packages.
The voluntary recall is expanded to include the following varieties of Kraft Heinz American slices in addition to the original recall:
No other sizes, varieties or code dates are included in this recall. And no products with manufacturing codes other than “S54” and “S55” after the code date are included in this recall.
Kraft Heinz is taking this action as a result of two new consumer complaints of choking in connection with the packaging issue.
Approximately 335,000 additional cases of the recalled product were shipped by Kraft Heinz to retailers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands Grand Cayman, Netherland Antilles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, St. Lucia, and British Virgin Islands.
Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico can also contact Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations for a full refund, at 1-800-432-3101, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.