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Kraft Heinz on Tuesday announced a voluntary recall of approximately 83,800 cases of individually-wrapped Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices due to potential choking hazards.
The food giant said that some slices may have a strip of plastic film that remains on the slice after the wrapper is removed, “after a temporary issue developed on one of our wrapping machines.”
“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 in a statement.
“The issue was discovered after we received several consumer complaints about finding the plastic stuck to a slice, including six complaints of consumers saying they choked or gagged in connection with the issue,” the company said. No injuries or “serious health issues” have been reported as a result of the defect, the company said.
The recalled products include 16 oz. Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product with an individual package UPC of 0 2100061526 1 and a “Best When Used By” date of 10 JAN 24 through 27 JAN 24.
Also recalled are 3 lb. multipacks of Kraft Singles American Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product with a carton UPC of 0 2100060491 3 and a “Best When Used By” of 09 JAN 2024 through 13 JAN 2024 and 16 JAN 2024.
Kraft Heinz says customers who bought the affected slices of cheese can return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or refund.
The company said the malfunctioning machine has since been fixed, and “all other processing machines have been thoroughly inspected.”
TMX contributed to this article.