Oscar Mayer has recalled 96,000 pounds of hot dogs due to a package mislabeling. The simple mislabeling issue was considered serious enough to spark a recall because customers purchasing the Classic Wieners may be mistakenly purchasing Oscar Mayer’s Cheese Dogs, and for customers with dairy allergies, it could pose a serious health risk.
According to an earlier report by The Inquisitr, Kraft and Oscar Mayer have chosen to recall the hot dogs because of the improper labeling and because the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs is made with milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.
We r voluntarily recalling the Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners w/ USE BY DATE of 06/16/14 for possible mislabeling. info: http://t.co/kh4y5wQnIh
— Kraft Foods (@kraftfoods) April 20, 2014
As of Monday, there have been no reports of adverse reactions due to the labeling mix up, and so far, there is no indication that the actual hot dogs are bad. So what will Oscar Mayer do with 96,000 pounds of perfectly good hot dogs? According to ABC News, the recalled hot dogs may actually be donated, as long as they are still edible.
“When we issue a recall, we always put safety first,” Joyce Hodel of Kraft Corporate Affairs told ABC News. “If the recalled product is safe for donation, and it makes sense to do so, then we do donate it to organizations like local food banks.”
- 16-ounce individual consumer packages of “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added,” with a “USE BY 16 Jun 2014″ date and product code “044700000632.”
- Cases of 16-ounce packages that were distributed to retailers of “Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product,” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014″ date and case code :00447000005300.”
While 96,000 pounds of hot dogs could make for one heck of a donation, Hodel did say that they realize that they don’t know exactly how much of the recalled product they will get back or how much of it will be suitable for donation. “When we have more information, we will work with USDA on any action we take,” she said.
Oscar Mayer and Kraft are directing consumers to Kraft Consumer Relations if they have any questions or concerns regarding the recall. Kraft’s Consumer Relations Department can be reached at (855) 688-4386.
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