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Kraft recalled some 377,000 packages of its Kraft Singles cheese after reports of plastic sticking to the cheese. The announcement is a stunning assertion that there's a difference between the company's pasteurized prepared cheese product and the wrapper.
So what products were affected, and what should you do if you bought some bad cheese?
Kraft recalled packages of Kraft Singles American and White American cheese. According to the LA Times:
The recalled products have a "best when used by" date of Dec. 29, 2015, through Jan. 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing code S54 or S55. No other sizes, varieties or code dates are included in the recall.
No deaths relating to the cheese have been noted, but ten people reported plastic remaining on the cheese after the wrapper had been removed, and three people reported choking on the plastic.
In a press release, Kraft warned,
Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico can also contact Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations for a full refund, at 1-800-432-3101, Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm Eastern.
Sailing the Seas of Cheese
As choking hazards go, the danger with Kraft's singles is true to its flavor: bland. The cheesy plastic is no Hello Kitty whistle pop, child car seat chest pad, bumblebee slipper sock, toy cell phone antenna, "Little People Animal Sounds Farm" nail fastener, or Build-A-Bear eyeball. It appears the entire world is a choking risk for toddlers, and we will cover that recall when it happens.
In the meantime, be careful with your cheese. Perhaps you can buy the pre-shredded sack of mozzarella or the 2x4 block of cheddar. Or go big and invest in a nacho cheese fountain.