Kellogg’s issued a voluntary recall
Monday of some packages of two of its most popular cereals: Frosted Mini-Wheats
Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size.
According to Kellogg’s, the recall was due to “possible
presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part.”
The affected cereal was distributed nationwide, and up to 2.8 million packages
might be affected.
Here’s what you need to know:
Affected packages will have “Best if Used
Before” dates that fall between April 1, 2013 and September 21, 2013.
Packages with the letters “KB”, “AP” or “FK”
before or after the listed “Best If Used Before” dates are included in the
Packages with “KP”, “KPA”, “KPB”, “KPC”, “KN”,
“KNA”,"KNB" or “KL”,”KLA”, “KLB” designations are NOT included in the
Size doesn’t matter—from single-serve up to
70-ounce boxes, any and all Mini-Wheats packages could be affected.
If you have any Mini-Wheats in your home, check the “Best if
Used Before” date, and throw it out if the date matches the criteria above.
Don’t dig through the box and look for metal pieces—the pieces may be smaller
than the naked eye can see and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Consumers with affected product or who have questions have
been advised to contact Kellogg’s using the “Contact Us” feature on
Kelloggs.com or by calling 800-962-1413.
While Kellogg’s has been slightly vague about the source of
the problem, the company has volunteered that tiny metal mesh pieces may have gotten into their cereal.
Company spokesperson Kris Charles stated in a press release
that Kellogg’s estimates approximately 282,000 cases of the affected product
remained at retail in the U.S. as of Monday. Charles called the recall a
“precautionary measure,” adding that the presence of metal mesh in the cereal
The company said Wednesday that the U.S. recall could cost
them up to $30 million. Kellogg’s voluntary recall
in 2010 resulted from odd colors and odors
traced to improper packaging.
Company cuts in recent years have been blamed
for expenditures in fixing its supply chain. Kellogg’s is spending $100 million
this year in the effort.
Food engineering expert Dr. Gonul Kaletunc of Ohio State
University, commented on the definition of a “voluntary” recall.
“In theory, all recalls are voluntary by supplier,” Kaletunc
said. He added that the 2010 Food Safety and Modernization Act provides FDA
with authority to issue a mandatory recall when a company fails to voluntarily
recall unsafe food after being asked to by FDA.
As of today, no injuries have been officially reported,
although on the company’s official message
board, customers are reporting having found metal pieces in their cereal.
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