More than six million boxes of Kraft mac and cheese have been recalled.
Kraft Foods Group made the decision on Tuesday, March 17, to voluntarily recall approximately 242,000 cases of their macaroni and cheese dinners after several consumers reported finding small pieces of metal in their boxes. So far, eight complaints have been made, but thankfully, none of those complaints have resulted in injury.
“We believe a piece of stainless steel got wedged in a metal piece of equipment, which may have generated friction that resulted in small pieces of metal potentially falling into the product,” Joyce Hodel, a Kraft spokeswoman, said in a statement, according to The Huffington Post.
The recall targets the Original flavor of the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner sold individually and in packs of three, four, and five. The boxes have “best when used by” dates ranging from September 18, 2015, through October 11, 2015, and have the specific code “C2” marked on them.
The tainted products were shipped to stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, and some Caribbean and South American countries. However, they were not shipped to Canada.
According to Kraft, anyone who has purchased the recalled products should return them for an exchange or full refund. Customers can also contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 to receive a refund.
This is not the first time that Kraft has had to issue a major recall. In September 2011, Kraft recalled an estimated 137,000 cases of Velveeta Shells & Cheese single-serve cups due to the possibility that they contained pieces of small, thin wire bristles. Then, in August 2014, Kraft recalled 7,000 cases of its American Singles cheese slices after they were made aware that one of their suppliers hadn’t properly stored an ingredient.
“We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed,” Kraft said in a press release.
The Kraft mac and cheese recall comes only a week after Blue Bell Creameries recalled several flavors of their ice cream, produced at the Texas Blue Bell plant, after they were linked to five listeria cases, three which resulted in death. The FDA issued the recall upon finding the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes in several tested samples from one of the lines in the Texas plant. The FDA is urging anyone who consumed the tainted products to watch for signs of listeria. Those signs include fever and muscle aches.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Blue Bell recall marked their first in 108 years.
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