An Oscar Mayer recall has been made by Kraft Foods Group Inc. The recall involves approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners. The hot dog recall was deemed necessary due to the packaging on the products having been mislabeled. According to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday night, the packages of hot dogs may have Classic Cheese Dogs made with milk. Milk is a known allergen.
The labels on the hot dogs fail to mention the inclusion of pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs, said the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Sunday. That, naturally, leaves the huge amount of packaged food incorrectly labeled for the public to view before purchasing the product. Specifically, the hot dogs were formulated with milk which is not mentioned on the packages’ labels, according to a CBS report.
A consumer informed Kraft Foods Inc. last Wednesday of the error in packaging. On Thursday, Kraft contacted the United States Department of Agriculture. The products being recalled are 16-ounce individual consumer packages of “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added.” The packages say “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” with the product code of “044700000632” as well as cases of 16-ounce packages distributed to retailers of “Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product” with USE BY 16 Jun 2014” and the case code “00447000005300” on the packaging.
The Kraft Foods hot dog recall has been classified by the U.S. agency as a Class I recall. A Class I recall is issued by the government when there is a likely to be harm to a consumer if the products remain on store shelves and are purchased and consumed by consumers. With this incident, consumption of the hot dogs could cause serious, adverse health results. Where Class I recalls are issued, death to the consumer is even possible.
Thus far, Kraft Foods Group Inc and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have not received any notice that consumption of the products in the Oscar Mayer recall have resulted in negative health reactions to anyone. Yet, again, it is very possible that the hot dogs could cause extremely negative reactions to consumers. The consumers at risk are those with the milk allergen concern.