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Kraft Global Inc. issues recalls

Published October 07. 2011 05:01PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that Kraft Food Global Inc. has issued recalls on some of their products.

Kraft Foods Global, Inc. is voluntarily recalling three varieties of Velveeta Shells & Cheese Single Serve Microwaveable Cups with limited "best when used by" dates as a precaution due to the possible presence of small, thin wire bristle pieces.

The products involved include the original microwaveable 2.39-ounce cups, with best when used by date of May 16, 2012; the four pack microwaveable 2.39-ounce cups, April 24, 2012 through May 16, 2012; Velveeta Shells & Cheese made with 2 percent milk microwaveable 2.19-ounce cups, March 25, 2012 through March 30, 2012; 2 percent milk four pack microwaveable 2.19-ounce cups, March 29, 2012 to April 12, 2012; and Velveeta Rotini & Cheese Broccoli microwaveable 2.44-ounce cups, April 29, 2012 through May 14, 2012.

Consumers can find the "best when used by" date on the bottom of the package.

No other "best when used by" dates of Velveeta Shells & Cheese Single Serve Microwaveable Cups or any other Kraft Foods products are being recalled.

There have been no reports of consumer injuries or complaints. Kraft Foods is issuing this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution.

Approximately 137,000 cases of the affected products were shipped to customers across the United States.

Consumers who purchased affected "best when used by" dates of these products should not eat them. They should return them to the store of purchase for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations Monday through Friday at 1-800-308-1841.

The affected products were manufactured in Champaign, Ill. and Lakeville, Minn.

Other issued recalls include:

Thumb Oilseed Producer's Cooperative of Ubly, Mich., is recalling 2,623, 40 lb. bags and 360, 1,500 lb. totes of soybean flour; in addition to 924, .08 ton loads of bulk soy meal because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products. Especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe or chronic illnesses.

Animals with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and/or vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animal has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The soy flour was distributed in 40 lb. paper bags under the names: Nex Soy (Lot numbers TF112310 through TF033011) and Soy Beginnings (Product Code 285100-NFB; Lot numbers TF112310 through TF033011).

The soy flour was also distributed in 1,500 lb. polyurethane totes under the name: Soy Beginnings (Product Code 285100-NFT, Lot numbers TF112310 through TF082311).

The soy meal was distributed as .08 ton loads after custom processing with Lot numbers O011711 through O081711.

The shipments occurred in November 2010 through September 2011.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall resulted from routine sampling conducted by the company and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which revealed the bacteria in finished product and the manufacturing environment. Thumb Oilseed is cooperating with the FDA in investigating the situation.

This recall does not involve soy oil products produced by Thumb Oilseed.

Consumers who have purchased the effected products are urged to return them to Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative for a credit or a refund.

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