June 20, 2014 — Kraft Foods is recalling Velveeta cheese sold to Walmart because the batches do not contain enough preservative, which could cause them to “spoil prematurely and/or lead to food-borne illness,” according to a statement (PDF) from the company.
The problem was identified during a review of finished product samples. Kraft has already taken steps to ensure it does not happen again. No cases of food poisoning were reported.
The recall affects one batch of product made on one manufacturing line during a few hours of production. The products do not contain enough sorbic acid, which is a plant-based preservative.
The products were sent to three Walmart distribution centers in the Midwest. They were sold at Walmart stores in 12 states, including Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The recall includes 260 cases, each containing 12 units of 2-pound Velveeta cheese. They are marked with a UPC code of 10021000611611 and a “Best By” date of December 17, 2014, with a time range between 09:34 – 13:15. Consumers can find these markings on the side of the package.
Consumers who purchased the products should not eat the product. Retain a proof of purchase to return it for an exchange or a refund or contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at (800) 310-3704 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time.
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