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WIENERGATE: Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

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Nothing worse than a mislabeled wiener, amirite?

That’s the case with this latest food recall from the Kraft Foods Group, where approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners have succumbed to a labeling discrepancy.

Apparently, the Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners in questions may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners’ packages. Which means that the packaging doesn’t reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs, making them a hazard to those trying to stay at bay from the dairy genre.

Here’s the following from the USDA on what products were affected:

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 16 oz. packages –individual consumer packages– of “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and product code “044700000632”
  • Cases of 16 oz. packages –distributed to retailers– of “Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and case code “00447000005300”

The products were produced on March 2-3, 2014, and bear the establishment number “Est. 537H” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed to Kraft distribution centers and in retail stores nationwide.

The problem was discovered by a consumer who notified the company on April 18, 2014. The company contacted the USDA the following day regarding the issue.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at:http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Kraft Consumer Relations at (855) 688-4386.

Retailers with questions should contact their Kraft sales representative or supplier. If they do not know their contacts, retailers should call (855) 688-4386.  Media with questions about the recall should contact Joyce Hodel, Kraft’s corporate affairs director, at (847) 646-4538.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

By Elie Ayrouth

Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.

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