Kraft-Heinz recalled nearly 84,000 cases of Kraft Singles cheese slices Tuesday after several customers reported a choking hazard.
The food giant received complaints about plastic film that stuck to cheese even after consumers removed the packaging, the company said in a news release. In six cases, customers reported choking or gagging from the plastic.
No injuries or health problems were reported.
After receiving the complaints, Kraft Heinz discovered a manufacturing error in a packaging machine used to enclose cheese slices in plastic. In some cases, the problem caused a thin strip of plastic film to remain even after customers removed the packaging, Kraft Heinz said. The company has since corrected the error and inspected other machines.
Kraft Heinz urged all customers with affected products not to eat them and to return the cheese slices to the store where they purchased them.
Recalled products include the 16 oz. Kraft Singles American pasteurized prepared cheese product with an individual package UPC code of “0 2100061526 1” and a best before date of January 10, 2024 to January 27, 2024. Packages included in the recall will have an “S” and “72 ” in the manufacturing code, the company said.
Kraft Heinz isn’t the only major company to report a manufacturing error this year.
Trader Joe’s reported its own problem in July, when the grocery chain’s Almond Pinwheel Cookies, as well as Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond Cookies, potentially contained rocks.
“If you have purchased or received donations of Almond Pinwheel Cookies and/or Dark Chocolate Almond Chunk Cookies, please do not eat them,” the company said at the time.