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Kraft Foods recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

Kraft Foods, one of the nation’s largest food manufacturers, has issued a recall on its Oscar Mayer hot dogs according to an ABCNews.com article published on April 21, 2014.

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The recall impacts 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners and is being issued due to the fact that they may contain cheese due to a packaging mix- up. The affected hotdogs are:

  • 16 ounce individual packages of Classic Wieners made with Turkey & Chicken with pork added. These hot dogs are labeled “Use by 16 June 2014” and have the product code 044700000632.
  • Cases of 16-ounce packages distributed to retailers of "Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product," labeled with "USE BY 16 Jun 2014" date with a product code of 00447000005300.

The packages marked as Classic Wieners may actually contain Classic Cheese Dogs and vice- versa. Oscar Mayer makes its Classic Cheese Dogs and Classic Wieners at the same plant and there isn’t really anything wrong with the hot dogs. A problem could arise, however, if an individual with certain allergies consumes one of the cheese hot dogs by mistake. The cheese hot dogs are made with milk, a known allergen for some people.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was alerted of the problem by Kraft Foods. Kraft received a notification directly from a consumer who discovered the problem on Friday, April 18, 2014.

The hot dogs in question were manufactured at a plant in Columbia, Missouri. They were made in March and have the designation “Est. 537H” inside the USDA mark of inspection.