Kraft Foods Group has announced a voluntary recall of nearly 7,700 cases of one of its signature products, Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, after the company discovered that one of its suppliers had delivered an ingredient that had not been stored in accordance with crafts standards regarding temperature.
According to the company’s press release announcing the recall, the below-standard storage conditions could result in “premature spoilage and/or foodborne illness.” The company notes that there have been no reports of illnesses linked to their cheese, and that they are recalling it merely as a precaution.
The cheese in question, which includes 12-ounce, 16-ounce and even 64-ounce packages, was manufactured at a Kraft-owned facility in Springfield, Missouri, and was shipped nationwide. The affected packages have a “best when used by” date of either Feb. 20, 2015 or Feb. 21, 2015. Here is a full list of cheese products that Kraft is recalling:
|Size||Name of Product||
|12 oz.||12 oz Kraft American Singles (16 slices)||0 21000 60464 7||00 21000 60464 00|
|16 oz.||16 oz Kraft American Singles (24 slices) (36 count case)||0 21000 61526 1||00 21000 61450 00|
|16 oz.||16 oz Kraft American Singles (24 slices) (12 count case)||0 21000 61526 1||00 21000 61526 00|
|64 oz.||64 oz (4 lb) Kraft American Singles (4×24 slice)||0 21000 63360 9||00 21000 62559 00|
The “Best When Used By” dates, as well as the case codes and the product codes, can be found on the bottom of the package of each product. At this point, no other Kraft products are affected by this recall. The company is asking that anyone who purchased any of these products should not eat them, but instead should return them to the store for either an exchange or a full refund.
While the company did not discuss which type of foodborne illness their cheese may lead to, one of the most common foodborne illnesses related to cheese is Listeriosis, which can cause symptoms such as headache, fever, or severe diarrhea, but which can also have a major negative health effect on children and the elderly, but is especially dangerous for pregnant women, who can pass the illness onto their unborn babies. For infants, Listeriosis is fatal nearly 40% of the time.
If you have any of these recalled products, stop eating them and return them to the store immediately. If you have any symptoms of illness, see a medical professional immediately. If you or a loved one have become sick as a result of consuming any contaminated food product, please contact the experienced and knowledgeable Texas Food Contamination Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, so that we can help you protect your rights under the law.