Kraft cheese slices recalled due to choking hazard

Washington consumers who like cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches should be aware that Kraft has issued a recall of some of its American Singles cheese product slices on account of the possibility that they could pose a choking hazard. The recall, which is voluntary, was first announced on July 31 and has since been expanded.

According to Kraft, the recall involves Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese product. The company issued the recall on account of the possibility that a thin strip of packaging could remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. A consumer who eats the cheese while the film is still on the product could choke.

So far, 12 people have complained about the packaging, five of whom choked after eating the cheese slices. Approximately 335,000 cases of the product were affected, including cases shipped to the United States, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Netherlands, South Korea and the British Virgin Islands. The products involved have a “Best When Used By” date of Dec. 29, 2015, through Jan. 4, 2016, followed by the Manufacturing Code S54 or S55. Kraft Heinz Company is the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company.

Washington residents who are harmed by dangerous products, including faulty food packaging, may benefit by consulting with an attorney. After reviewing the details of the complaint, legal counsel may recommend filing a product liability lawsuit against the negligent manufacturer seeking compensation. Possible damages may include medical expenses, wages lost during recovery, pain and suffering and other amounts.

Source: Newsweek, “Kraft Recalls Cheese Product Slices Due to Choking Hazard,” Polly Mosendz, Sept. 4, 2015