Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cheese Product Recalled Due to Low Preservative Levels

Kraft is recalling a small amount of cheese product due to the fact it did not contain a sufficient amount of the preservative, sorbic acid.  Sorbic acid is effective in preventing the growth of yeast and mold.  With inadequate amounts, there would be a greater chance that the product would spoil due to mold or yeast growing on the product during the expected shelf-life of the product.   By recalling this product, Kraft prevents a bigger issue down the road if there were to be numerous complaints of moldy product.

Could this be a safety issue....probably not since it is unlikely that people would eat cheese with mold on it, however some people can have allergic reactions to mold and some molds due produce mycotoxins (which can be harmful).

 FDA News Release
Kraft Foods Group Voluntarily Recalls Small Quantity of Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese Product Due to Low Levels of Preservative Ingredient

Consumer:  800-310-3704  news@kraftfoods.com
Media: Russ Dyer 847-646-4538

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 19, 2014- Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 260 cases of Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese Product because it does not contain appropriate levels of sorbic acid, a preservative ingredient. While unlikely, the affected product could spoil prematurely and/or lead to food borne illness. Therefore, the company is issuing this recall as a precaution.

This recall affects one batch of product made on one manufacturing line during a few hours of production. The product was shipped to three Walmart distribution centers and may have been redistributed to stores in up to 12 Midwest states. The affected products may have been shipped to Walmart stores in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. These products were not shipped outside of the U.S.

The following specific batch of product is being recalled:
Product SizeName of ProductUnits / CaseCase Code Date/Time TangeCase UPC CodeConsumer Package Code Date/Time RangeConsumer Package UPC Code
10:54 - 14:35 ONLY
1002100061161117 DEC 2014
09:34 - 13:15

Consumers can find the case code date on the side of the package. No other products outside this time period on this case code date are affected by this recall, nor are any other Kraft or Velveeta products affected.

The affected product was identified during a review of finished product samples. The company is taking action to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Consumers who purchased any of these products should not eat them. They should return them to the store where they purchased them for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-310-3704 between 9 am and 6 pm {Eastern).

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