Kraft has recalled about 36,000 cases of the individually-wrapped Kraft Singles because part of the wrapper could become a choking hazard, according to CNN. The recall includes some 3- and 4-pound packages of American and white American cheese slices. So, if you're wondering how to tell if your Kraft Singles were recalled, it's actually pretty simple: just check the "best when used by" date.
According to Kraft, the affected cheeses have a "best when used by" date between Dec. 29, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016, followed by a manufacturing code "S54" or "S55," and they were sold in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Grand Cayman. Both the "best when used by" date and the manufacturing code are stamped on the outside of the boxes, as well as on enclosed individual 1-pound packages. Apparently a part of the thin plastic wrapper "may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed" and "could potentially cause a choking hazard" if it isn't removed, according to Kraft's statement. So far, the company has received about 10 complaints and three reports of choking, according to CNN. Customers who purchased affected products should return them to the store for a full refund or an exchange for a different product, according to the Inquisitr. Kraft released a statement on the Food and Drug Administration's website:
We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed. 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, 9am to 6pm Eastern.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Kraft has had to recall products. Earlier this year, the company issued a voluntary recall of 6.5 million boxes of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some packages contained small pieces of metal, according to USA Today. Then, in August 2014, the company voluntarily recalled 7,000 cases of American Singles cheese slices after a supplier didn't properly store an ingredient, according to The Washington Post.
In 2011, Kraft also recalled more than 135,000 cases of single-serve Velveeta Shells & Cheese because there were wire bristle pieces in some of the packages, according to the Post.
Social media users have shown varying degrees of alarm and mock surprise.
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