A recall of Kraft Singles products for a choking hazard has been expanded after Kraft Heinz determined the problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought.
The company recalled 335,000 cases Thursday because a thin strip of packaging film may stick to the slice after the wrapper has been taken off, creating the choking hazard, reported The Associated Press. Kraft Heinz took 36,000 cases off the market July 31 for the same reason.
The privately-held company said it’s received two new reports of customers choking. It disclosed three such reports in July.
The recall covers 1-, 3- and 4-pound Kraft Singles American and White American cheese product sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries and territories. The cases have “Best When Used by Dates” from Dec. 29 through Jan. 4.
In March, Kraft Foods recalled roughly 6.5 million boxes of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
after the company learned that some of the boxes contained small pieces of metal.
That recall covered 7.25-ounce boxes sold individually and in packs of three, four, and five, according to the AP – covering 242,000 cases.
Kraft Foods had said it knew of eight incidents where consumers found metal in the boxes but did not know if any injuries resulted from the findings. Kraft warned customers in that recall to not eat the macaroni and instead return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund.
Kraft Heinz is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world.
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