The Kraft Heinz Company has expanded its recall of Kraft Singles individually-wrapped cheese slices saying a default in the product’s packaging film affects ten times as many cases as originally thought.
The company, which issued an initial recall in July, said problem is with a thin piece of packaging film that may remain adhered to the cheese slice after the wrapper has been removed, potentially causing a choking hazard.
The first recall, which included 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles, was initiated after the company received 10 consumer complaints about the packaging, including three reports of consumers choking. Kraft Heinz expanded the recall to 335,000 additional cases after receiving two new consumer complaints of choking in connection with the packaging issue.
The recall includes 1, 3, and 4-pound packages of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese product with a “Best When Used By” date of Dec. 29, 2015 through Jan. 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing code S54 or S55.
Products were shipped by Kraft Heinz to retailers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands Grand Cayman, Netherland Antilles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, St. Lucia, and British Virgin Islands.