About 83,800 cases of individually wrapped Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices have been recalled by the manufacturer as a precaution against a potential “gagging or choking hazard,” Kraft Heinz announced in a press release issued Sept. 19.
The company discovered that a wrapping machine was malfunctioning, making it possible for a thin strip of film to remain on the cheese slice after the wrapper has been removed. “If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could be unpleasant and potentially cause a gagging or choking hazard,” the company said. The wrapping machine has since been repaired and all other processing machines have been inspected.
The recall is of “Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product” that comes in a 16-ounce individual package or a 3-pound multipack. The recalled individual packages have a Universal Product Code (UPC) of 0 2100061526 1 and a “Best When Used By” date of 10 JAN 24 through 27 JAN 24. Individual packages in this recall will contain an S and 72 in the manufacturing code. The multipacks included have a UPC of 0 2100060491 3 on the carton and a “Best When Used By” of 09 JAN 2024 through 13 JAN 2024 and 16 JAN 2024. No other varieties or sizes are included in the recall.
The company said it discovered the issue after several consumers complained, including six who said they choked or gagged in connection with the issue. No injuries or serious health issues have been reported.
Kraft Heinz is advising customers who purchased these items not to eat them but return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or refund. Consumers can contact the company from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, at 1-800-280-8252 to see if a product is part of the recall and to receive reimbursement.