Kraft Foods Group Inc. issued a voluntary recall today, Friday, August 29, 2014, of their popular American Singles processed cheese slices, due to potential problems that could occur with the products. Apparently a supplier had incorrectly stored some ingredients that went into the cheese, which could result in future spoilage.
A total of 7,691 cases of the single slices, which are used by countless people in sandwiches, as snacks, and by restaurants (particularly the fast-food variety) are being withdrawn from the market to be on the safe side. (See original report by Anjali Athavaley–http://news.msn.com/us/kraft-issues-voluntary-recall-of-some-american-singles-cheese-product.) The ingredient in question—although not publicly specified—was stored at a temperature that was not in accordance with that which is stipulated by Kraft. There is, then, a chance that the products could deteriorate more quickly than usual.
There could also be the possibility of illness as a result of such spoilage. No mention has been made of any risk of bacterial contamination by the company at this time. However, when any food has been exposed to temperatures that encourage growth of bacteria that have inadvertently been introduced into the product, the opportunity exists for illness to occur. The food company is, therefore, playing it safe by not waiting for anyone to report any sickness or for contamination to develop.
The cheese products in this event are four different varieties of Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product (the official name of the well-known little soft cheese squares wrapped in plastic), with best-before dates of February 20 and 21, 2015. The company urges consumers not to use these items if they have them in their possession, but instead to return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.
In this particular incident, there was no alert issued by the Food and Drug Administration. That is because the recall is not only voluntary but as well, there have been no reported illnesses due to the cheese in question. This could mean not a lot of the public could be informed of the recall. It remains to be seen, therefore, whether or not many customers of Kraft products will be returning the singles involved to stores. Since this case also would affect such restaurant menu items as cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese dogs, etc., consumers may wish to avoid purchasing meals of that nature for the time being. People may also check with their local restaurants as to the best-before dates of cheese products they use.