October 2, 2011
Velveeta Shells & Cheese Products Being Recalled
Kraft Foods issued a voluntary recall of three different types of single-serving Velveeta Shells & Cheese Microwaveable Cups on Friday, warning that the pasta could contain small, thin wire bristle pieces.
In a press release announcing the recall, the company said that approximately 137,000 cases of the affected products had been distributed throughout the United States. None of them were shipped to Canada, however, so consumers in that country are not affected.
According to the Associated Press (AP), "The recall includes the 2.39 ounce Velveeta Shells & Cheese original microwaveable cups with a best-when-used-by date of May 16, 2012 and UPC 2100002322; Velveeta Shells & Cheese original four-pack microwaveable 2.39-ounce cups that have best-when-used-by dates of April 24, 2012 to May 16, 2012 and a UPC of 2100002339."
The wire service notes that the following additional product varieties were also affected: "the 2.19-ounce Velveeta Shells & Cheese made with 2% milk microwaveable cups with best-when-used-by dates of March 25, 2012 to March 30, 2012 and UPC of 2100002323; Velveeta Shells & Cheese made with 2% milk four-pack 2.19-ounce microwaveable cups with best-when-used-by dates of March 29, 2012 to April 12, 2012 and UPC 2100002946; and 2.44-ounce Velveeta Rotini & Cheese Broccoli microwaveable cups with best-when-used-by dates of April 29, 2012 to May 14, 2012 and UPC of 2100002318."
Kraft reports that consumers can find the "best when used by" date on the bottom of the packages, and that only the specific products and dates listed by the AP are included in the recall.
The food manufacturer notes that there have been no reports of complaints or injury resulting from the consumption of these products, which were manufactured in their Champaign, Illinois and Lakeville, Minnesota facilities.
Consumers can either return the recalled products to the point of purchase or an exchange or refund. Alternatively, they are encouraged to call the company directly, Monday through Friday, at 1-800-308-1841.
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