The convenience of individually wrapped cheese slices has become a hazard for the iconic Kraft Singles: A problem with the plastic film is causing parts of it to remain stuck to the cheese, presenting a choking hazard.
Heinz, which owns Kraft, issued a voluntary recall of 36,000 cases of cheese in late July, and the number has grown nearly tenfold to 335,000 cases. There were three reports of choking in July, which prompted the recall, and two additional choking incidents have since been reported.
The recall applies to American (orange slices) and White American (white slices) Kraft Singles in one-, three-, and four-pound boxes with “Best When Used By” dates between Dec. 12 and March 2. The expanded recall now covers products that were sold in a number of international markets—including countries in the Caribbean and South Korea—whereas the initial recall only applied to products sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Grand Cayman. For full details on which products are covered in the recall, refer to the Heinz press release. Products affected can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.
In March, Kraft Singles were in the news for another packaging-related issue: The boxes briefly carried what appeared to be an endorsement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but the “Kids Eat Right” seal was soon dropped after widespread criticism.