Kraft Foods has voluntarily recalled 6 million boxes or over 200,000 cases of its original flavored macaroni and cheese because of customer complaints that the boxes contained metal. In all, Kraft said that it received eight “customer contacts” regarding the contaminated products but there have been no injuries to report.
"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," Kraft Foods spokeswoman Joyce Hodel said in an email to the Los Angeles Times.
The recalled product is the 7.25 ounce size of its original flavor with "best if used by dates" between September 18, 2015 and October 11, 2015 with the code “C2” below the date. Some of the boxes are packaged in multiple packs of two, three, four, and five. The recalled product was shipped nationwide and to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and South America.
“We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed,” Kraft said in a statement.
Reuters reported that back in August, Kraft recalled 7,000 cases of its iconic American singles after a supplier failed to properly store an ingredient used in the cheese slices.
This week, Trader Joe’s also announced a large recall of its raw walnuts because they may potentially be contaminated with salmonella. The products recalled included Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Pieces, Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Halves & Pieces, Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Walnut Baking Pieces, Trader Joe’s Nuts Raw California Premium Walnut Halves, and Trader Joe’s Organic Raw Walnut Halves & Pieces. Look for sell by dates here.
Routine testing revealed the presence of salmonella in certain packages of the nuts. Salmonella is particularly problematic for those with weakened immune systems like kids, pregnant women, and older adults. The illness can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If the infection gets into the bloodstream it can cause aneurysms, endocarditis, arthritis, and in some cases, even death. While the FDA announced the Trader Joe’s recall, it has yet to comment on the Kraft recall.
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