Kraft Heinz expands Kraft Singles recall

Kraft American cheese singles
FILE - This Feb. 2, 2009 file photo shows Kraft Singles product on display at a market in Palo Alto, Calif. The Kraft Heinz Co. is voluntarily recalling about 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles cheese products because some of the packaging film may stick to the slices and pose a choking hazard. The recall, announced Friday, July 31, 2015, applies to 3-lb. and 4-lb. sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese products that carry a "best when used by" date of Dec. 29, 2015 through Jan. 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing code S54 or S55. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles products, saying a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought.

The company recalled 335,000 cases Thursday because a thin strip of packaging film may stick to the slice after the wrapper has been taken off, creating a choking hazard. Kraft Heinz recalled 36,000 cases on July 31 for the same reason.

The privately held company said it’s received two new reports of customers choking. It disclosed three such reports in July, and said it had received seven other complaints about the packaging.

The recall covers 1-, 3- and 4-pound Kraft Singles American and White American cheese product with “Best When Used by Dates” ranging from Dec. 12 to March 2. The products were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries and territories: Anguilla, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, St. Lucia, and the British Virgin Islands.

The July recall only covered products shipped to retailers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Grand Cayman with “Best By” dates of Dec. 29 to Jan. 4.

Kraft Heinz Co. said consumers should return the product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

The combination of Heinz and Kraft became official in July. The deal was engineered by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital.

The following products are affected:

Product

3 or 4 lb Sell Unit

1 lb Package

3 or 4 lb Sell Unit

1 lb Package

Best When Used

Best When Used

UPC

UPC

By

By

Code Date

Code Date

4 LB Kraft Singles

13 DEC 15 S54 13 DEC 15 S54 0 2100063360 9

No UPC – Clear film

American

through through

18 FEB 16 S54 18 FEB 16 S54
AND
13 DEC 15 S55
through
18 FEB 16 S55

3 LB Kraft Singles

14 DEC 15 S54 14 DEC 15 S54

0 2100060491 3

0 2100061526 1

American through through
(Three – 1 LB 18 FEB 16 S 54 18 FEB 16 S54
packages)
AND
14 DEC 15 S55
through
18 FEB 16 S55

3 LB Kraft Singles

12 JAN 16 S 54 12 JAN 16 S 54 0 2100061582 7 0 2100061527 8
White American
AND
12 JAN 16 S 55

4 LB Kraft Singles

12 DEC 15 S54 12 DEC 15 S54 0 2100063448 4

No UPC – Clear film

White American through through
13 FEB 16 S54 13 FEB 16 S54
AND
12 DEC 15 S55
through
13 FEB 16 S55

1 LB Kraft Singles

NA 24 JAN 16 S54 NA 0 2100061526 1
through
06 FEB 16 S54
AND
24 JAN 16 S55
through
06 FEB 16 S55

1 LB Kraft Singles

NA 11 JAN 16 S54 NA 0 2100061527 8
White American
AND
11 JAN 16 S55

3 LB Kraft Singles

09 DEC 15 S54 NA 0 2100060491 3

No UPC – Clear film

American through
(72 individually- 19 FEB 16 S54

wrapped Singles in

cardboard carton)

3 LB Deli Deluxe 21 JAN 16 S54 21 JAN 16 S54 0 2100001386 9

No UPC – Clear film

Kraft American

through through
Singles 02 MAR 16 S54 02 MAR 16 S54
AND
21 JAN 16 S55
through
02 MAR 16 S55

The following varieties of Kraft Singles products are part of the original recall:

Product 3 or 4 lb Box 1 lb Package 3 or 4 lb Box 1 lb Package

Best When Used

Best When Used UPC UPC

By Code Date

By Code Date

4 LB Kraft Singles

29 DEC 15 S54 29 DEC 15 S54 0 2100063360 9 No UPC –

American

through through

Clear outer wrapper

01 JAN 16 S54 01 JAN 16 S54

AND
29 DEC 15 S55
through
01 JAN 16 S55

3 LB Kraft Singles

30 DEC 15 S54 30 DEC 15 S54 0 2100060491 3 0 2100061526 1
American through through
04 JAN 16 S54 04 JAN 16 S54
AND
30 DEC 15 S55
through
04 JAN 16 S55

3 LB Kraft Singles

02 JAN 16 S 54 02 JAN 16 S54 0 2100061582 7 0 2100061527 8
White American through through
03 JAN 16 S 54 03 JAN 16 S54
AND
02 JAN 16 S55
through
03 JAN 16 S55

4 LB Kraft Singles

02 JAN 16 S 54 02 JAN 16 S54 0 2100063448 4 No UPC –
White American Clear outer wrapper
AND
02 JAN 16 S55

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