Kraft is recalling cases of Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese because there is an insufficient amount of sorbic acid, a common food preservative in the foods. Kraft Foods has recalled a batch that was shipped to Walmart stores around the Midwest, the Chicago Tribune reports.
This is merely being done as a precaution since the product does not contain the appropriate levels of sorbic acid, a preservative ingredient used to prevent the growth of mold, yeast, and fungi. The company says it is very unlikely that the affected products could spoil prematurely and lead to food borne illnesses.
The recall applies to products made on one specific manufacturing line during a few hours of the production process. The affected packages were shipped to three Walmart centers and may have been redistributed to stores in up to 12 Midwest states, the press release stated. The products may have been shipped to Walmart stores in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. These products were not shipped outside of the U.S., the company writes.
Consumers can find the case code date on the side of the package. No other products outside this time period on this case code date are affected by this recall, nor are any other Kraft or Velveeta products affected. The affected product was identified during a review of finished product samples.
The company said that it is taking action to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
This isn’t the first time that Kraft has had to pull their Velveeta products from store shelves. In 2011 the company had to recall the Velveeta Pasta Cups due to thin wire bristle pieces found in their cups. This past January, Kraft also recalled 1.77 million pounds of ground beef products because some of the labels from the products did not mention allergens like hydrolyzed soy protein and dried soy sauce.
It’s probably a good thing that Kraft decided to recall these products voluntarily before they harmed any consumers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 48 million Americans contract some sort of food borne illness each year. In 2010, nearly 3.7 million people visited the emergency department to treat some type of symptoms relating to food borne illnesses. Consumers can find the UPC number on the side of the box.
“The code on the package should read 021000611614,” Kraft told the Associated Press. The containers will have a ‘Best Before’ date of Dec. 17, 2014.