Velveeta Shells and Cheese Recall: Metal Debris

About 137,000 cases of Kraft’s Velveeta Shells and Cheese microwaveable cups have been recalled due to concerns that they may contain pieces of metal wire, which could pose a choking hazard or injury risk.

The Velveeta Shells & Cheese recall was announced by the FDA on September 30.

According to Kraft Foods Global, Inc. the microwaveable meals, which are similar to macaroni and cheese with a different type of pasta, are being recalled because pieces of small, thin wire bristles may be found in some of the packages.  However, there have been no consumer injuries or complaints connected with the recall and the company did not clarify how this contamination was discovered.

The recall affects Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original Microwaveable Cups sold in 2.39 oz. cups with a best when used by date of 16 MAY 2012 and a UPC of 2100002322; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original Four Pack Microwaveable Cups with best when used by dates of 24 APR 2012 to 16 MAY 2012 with a UPC of 2100002339; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Made with 2% Milk Microwaveable Cups sold in 2.19 oz. cups with a best if used by date of 25 MAR 2012 to 30 MAR 2012 and a UPC of 2100002323; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Made with 2% Milk Four Pack Microwaveable Cups with a best if used by date of 29 MAR 2012 to 12 APR 2012 and UPC of 2100002946; and Velveeta Rotini & Cheese Broccoli Microwaveable Cups sold in 2.44 oz cups with a best when used by date of 29 MAR 2012 to 12 APR 2012 and UPC of 2100002318. The “best when used by” date is located on the bottom of the package.

The FDA and Kraft warn consumers not to eat products affected by the recall. Instead, they can be returned to the place of purchase for an exchange or full refund. Consumers with questions can call Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at (800) 308-1841.

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