Kellogg Recalls Smelly Cereal

Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling select packages of
Kellogg’s® Corn Pops®, Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks®, Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®,
and Kellogg’s® Apple Jacks®, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. According to Reuters, the r<"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">ecall involves millions of cereal packages being pulled from store shelves nationwide.

Kellogg is working in consultation with the FDA to implement the voluntary recall of certain breakfast cereals due to an uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell coming from the liner in the package. Only products with the letters “KN” following the “Better If Used Before Date” are included in the recall. Products with a “KM” designation are NOT included in the recall. In addition, no products in Canada are affected. Following are the details on the recalled products:

Kellogg’s® Apple Jacks®
• UPC 3800039136 1: 17 ounce package with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 10 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039132 3: 8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between JUN 03 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s® Corn Pops®
• UPC 3800039109 5: 12.5 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039111 8: 17.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039116 3: 9.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 05 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®
• UPC 3800039118 7: 12.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039120 0: 17 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039125 5: 8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks®
• UPC 3800039103 3: 15.3 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

While the potential for serious health problems is low, said the FDA, some consumers are sensitive to the uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell and should not eat the recalled products because of possible temporary symptoms, including nausea and diarrhea. No other Kellogg’s products are part of this recall. The recalled products were distributed nationwide. David Mackay, president and chief executive officer of the Kellogg Company said, “We apologize to our consumers and our customers and are working diligently to ensure that the affected products are rapidly removed from the marketplace.” Kellogg Consumer Response Center can be reached, toll-free at 888-801-4163 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern time.

Reuters pointed out that regulators have been criticized this year for other high-profile recalls involving products children use. For instance, said Reuters, Johnson & Johnson recalled 40 popular children and infant nonprescription products, including Tylenol and Motrin. “When foods that are popular among kids are being recalled in large volumes, it is clear that our food safety system is not working,” U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro said in an email, quoted Reuters.

According to DeLauro, 28 million boxes of Kellogg cereal became involved after 20 people complained of a “waxy” smell and flavor from the cereal box liners; five of these people reported nausea and vomiting.

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