Kraft Recalling Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese Due to Metal Fragments

Voluntary Recall Involves Approximately 6.5 million Boxes Nationwide

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Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of certain boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. There is a possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. Kraft Foods Group

If your family is a big fan of boxed macaroni and cheese, it is time to check your pantry. Kraft Food Group announced on Tuesday, March 17 that they are recalling about 6.5 million boxes (approximately 242,000 cases) of their popular Macaroni & Cheese — Original flavor. There is a possibility that some of the boxes sold contain small pieces of metal.

According to Kraft, the recall only effects the 7.25-ounce size of the Original flavor, sold in both individual boxes and multi-packs. Boxes would be marked with "Best When Used By" dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code "C2" directly below the date on each individual box. In a press release, Kraft said that the "C2" refers to "a specific production line on which the affected product was made."

"We believe a piece of stainless steel got wedged in a metal piece of equipment, which may have generated friction that resulted in small pieces of metal potentially falling into the product," Joyce Hodel, a Kraft spokeswoman, said in a statement.

While individual boxes have been recalled, it is important to note that some of these boxes were also sold as part of multi-pack units of three, four, and five boxes. The multi-pack units have a range of code dates and manufacturing codes, so it is important to check each individual box. Still, even if a box is part of a multi-pack, what you should look for is the dates mentioned above, as well as the "C2" code, which will appear underneath the date. (Learn more about facilities and equipment that make food.)

The recall is not limited to the United States and includes Puerto Rico, and some Caribbean and South American countries, but does not affect Canada.

According to Kraft, who is based in Northfield, Illinois, the affected dates of this product were sold in only four configurations:

  • 7.25 oz. box, Original flavor
  • 3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 4-pack  shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor

Kraft says that no other sizes, varieties or pasta shapes and no other packaging configurations are being included in this recall.  And no products with manufacturing codes other than "C2" below the code date on the individual box are included in this recall.

Kraft also reports that it has received a total of eight consumer complaints about this line of Macaroni & Cheese (with these code and manufacturer dates), and that no injuries have been reported as of yet.

Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. It should be returned it to the store where it was purchased for an exchange or full refund. No receipt is needed. Alternatively, consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern time) for a full refund.

"We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed," Kraft said.

The company released a statement to the media, and also made an announcement on the Kraft Food Group Facebook page.

In September 2011, the Kraft Food Group recalled about 137,000 cases of Velveeta Shells & Cheese single-serve cups because of the possibility that small, thin wire bristle pieces were in boxes. In August, Kraft recalled about 7,700 cases of some varieties of its Kraft American Singles after a supplier failed to store an ingredient correctly.