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Kellogg’s Recalls 282,000 Boxes of Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Cereal Due to Metal Shred Scare

October 11, 2012

Kellogg’s Recalls 282,000 Boxes of Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Cereal Due to Metal Shred Scare

According to the nutrition facts on a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats, there are roughly 9 servings per container. In a family of four that values a balanced, nutritious breakfast as the most important meal of the day – especially for kids before they head off to school – that can mean one box of Frosted Mini-Wheats will last a little more than two days. The point is that cereal won’t last very long in the average household, which can make a major recall announcement all the more concerning.

That said, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Kellogg have announced that the major food manufacturer will recall approximately 282,000 cases of both Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size cereals because of the possibility that pieces of a flexible metal mesh may have been mixed in with the biscuits during manufacturing and processing. The cause for this potential problem is a defective part in the machines used to produce the popular cereal.

According to ABC News, spokesman Kris Charles declared that the recall is a precautionary measure. “Although there have been no reports of any injuries, Kellogg initiated a voluntarily recall of certain packages of Mini-Wheats Bite Size cereal as a precautionary measure. At Kellogg, our number one priority is the quality and safety of our foods and we take this situation very seriously.”

Consumers who have purchased this cereal brand recently should check the packaging, as Mini-Wheats boxes with the letters KB, AP or FK after the “Best if Used Before” date could possibly contain these dangerous metal flakes and shreddings, according to the company’s FDA recall statement. Despite the announcement and decision to recall the boxes that are currently on shelves in supermarkets and grocery stores, Kellogg has not told consumers what to do with the boxes they have already purchased and opened, other than to contact the company’s helpline at (800) 962-1413.

The recall announcement also directs consumers to the company’s website, where they can use the “Contact Us” feature to post questions about the recall. However, that feature seems to be most popular among people who cannot currently reach a customer service representative.

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