Kraft Expands Recall Due To Possible Choking Hazard

Kraft has expanded their recall after new reports of customers choking were received.

Kraft originally issued the recall of 36,000 cases of cheese in July because small pieces of the plastic film could stick to the cheese, causing a potential choking hazard.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, the original recall applied to the three and four pound packages of cheese that had the “Best if Used By Date” of December 29, 2015, through January 4, 2016. They also included the manufacturing code of code of S54 or S55. The recalled products were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Grand Cayman, but were not delivered to Canada.

According to the company’s press release, Kraft’s expanded recall now includes additional varieties and sizes:

– 4-lb. Kraft Singles American

– 3-lb. Kraft Singles American (3 1-lb. packages)

– 4-lb. Kraft Singles White American

– 3-lb. Kraft Singles White American

– 1-lb. Kraft Singles White American

– 1-lb. Kraft Singles

– 3-lb. Deli Deluxe Kraft American Singles

– 3-lb. Kraft Singles American (72 individually-wrapped Singles in cardboard carton)

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All of the newly recalled products have the “Best if Used By Date” of December 15 and February 16, except for the Deli Deluxe Kraft American Singles, which have the dates of January 16 through March 16. All of the products also have S54 or S55 stamped on the box, which refers to the production lines where the products were manufactured.

The approximately 335,000 additional cases of recalled products were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries and territories: Anguilla, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, St. Lucia, and the British Virgin Islands.

This marks the third time this year that Kraft has had to issue a recall. The last one took place in March after several consumers reported finding small pieces of metal in their boxes. The prior recall included 42,000 cases of their macaroni and cheese dinners that had the “Best if Used By Date” of September 18, 2015, through October 11, 2015, and had the specific code “C2.”

“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 at the time, according to the Huffington Post.

Kraft Heinz Co. says consumers should return the products to the store of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Customers 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, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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