Kraft Heinz has issued a voluntary recall affecting approximately 83,800 cases of its individually-wrapped Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices.
The recall was initiated as a precautionary measure due to a malfunction in one of the company's wrapping machines.
This defect could result in a thin strip of plastic film remaining on the cheese slice even after the wrapper has been removed, posing a potential choking hazard.
Details of the Recall
The affected products include 16 oz. packages of Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Prepared Cheese with a UPC of 0 2100061526 1 and a "Best When Used By" date ranging from January 10, 2024, to January 27, 2024.
Also included are 3 lb. multipacks with a carton UPC of 0 2100060491 3 and a "Best When Used By" date between January 9, 2024, and January 16, 2024.
The issue came to light after Kraft Heinz received several consumer complaints about finding plastic stuck to the cheese slices.
Six of these complaints included reports of choking or gagging. However, no injuries or serious health issues have been reported in connection with this issue.
Kraft Heinz has since fixed the malfunctioning machine and conducted thorough inspections of all other processing machines.
Consumers who have purchased the affected items are advised not to consume them and to return them to the store for an exchange or refund. For further information and reimbursement, consumers can contact Kraft Heinz between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, at 1-800-280-8252.
The company has apologized for the inconvenience and reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining the highest safety and quality standards.