Product recalls can affect consumers in a variety of ways. Food product recalls are oftentimes significant because they can cause serious illness and injuries. This week, the popular Kraft Foods Group announced a voluntary product recall due to the possible presence of metal pieces. According to a Kraft spokesperson, it is believed that a piece of steel became wedged within a piece of equipment, generating enough friction to cause small metal pieces to fall into the product during manufacturing. The recall included about 242,000 boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner in the Original flavor. While no injuries have yet been reported, Kraft has received complaints from eight customers about the metal pieces.
Fortunately, the specifics of which boxes included in the recall are easy to find. The only size of Kraft mac and cheese affected are the 7.25 ounce boxes. They may have been sold individually or in packs of 3, 4, or 5 plastic-wrapped boxes. If you purchased a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese, check the “Best if used by” stamps on the box. Those with dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015 that also have the code “C2” listed below the date are included in the recall. Kraft is urging consumers not to eat from these recalled boxes of macaroni and to return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund. Kraft Foods Consumer Relations can also refund money to consumers if contacted at 1-800-816-9432.
This Kraft mac and cheese recall comes just days after the Blue Bell ice cream company announced its own recall in certain creamery products. This recall is attributed to a possible connection between certain Blue Bell products and listeriosis, a food-borne illness that has claimed the lives of three people in Kansas. Symptoms caused by the disease include fever, muscle aches, chills, and diarrhea. A complete list of products that may have been affected by the bacteria can be found at www.yahoo.com.
Personal injury lawyers often represent clients in product recall and defect cases if they experienced injuries as a result of using those recalled products. Manufacturing companies may be held liable for these injuries. For more information, contact Jones & Swanson today at (770) 427-5498.