Kellogg’s Issues Another Cereal Recall, This Time for Glass Particles

kelloggs-glass-particle-recallKellogg’s just announced that it is recalling some of its Special K Red Berries cereal over concerns the product has been tainted with glass fragments.

The recall involves, said The Los Angeles Times, certain 11.2-ounce, 22.4-ounce, and 37-ounce boxes of the Red Berries cereal sold in the United States.

“Please check any packages you have in your home and if your package matches the following criteria, please do not eat the product and contact us for a replacement coupon,” Kellogg’s alert stated. “We may also make arrangements to retrieve the product for further evaluation.”

The following Special K Red Berries packages are involved:

  • 11.2-ounce packages: UPC 3800059923 and a “Better if Used Before Date” DEC 02 2013 followed by KNC 105 and time stamp 00:13-2:30.
  • 22.4-ounce packages: UPC 3800078356 and a “Better if Used Before Date” NOV 30 2013 followed by KNA 105 and time stamp 07:00-08:51 or NOV 30 2013 followed by KNB 105 and 15:00-17:05.
  • 37-ounce packages: UPC 3800020940 and a “Better if Used Before Date” NOV 30 2013 followed by KNB 107 with time stamp of 17:31-20:05.

“All of our processes will be thoroughly reviewed and appropriate actions will be taken to help prevent this situation from happening in the future,” said the cereal maker in its  statement.

Late last year, we wrote that the Kellogg Company issued a recall of its Bite Size Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereals over metal fragments. That recall involved a massive 2.8 million boxes of the Mini-Wheats products and the culprit involved a manufacturing problem that contaminated the cereal with metal mesh. At that time, Kellogg issued a statement saying, “We have initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part.” The statement was posted through a release issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

At the time of the 2012 recall, we noted that that was the second large recall Kellogg’s implemented on a nationwide level in the prior two years. In 2010, Kellogg’s issued a recall of four of its cereal brands—Fruit Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Honey Smacks—over an unusual small and flavor that was blamed on another manufacturing issue,

The cereal giant spent about $100 million to resolve manufacturing problems in 2011, according to a Wall Street Journal report that also indicated the 2012 recall was expected to cost Kellogg another $30 million. According to Yahoo News, the October 2012 recall affected some 282,000 boxes of cereal.

Kellogg’s did not say how many Special K Red Berries boxes are involved in this recall and noted that no reports of injuries associated with the recalled cereal were received, to date, according to the LA Times. Replacement coupons for the recalled cereal are available at Kellogg’s web site at http://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/contact-us.html or by calling Kellogg’s, toll-free, at 1.800.962.1413.

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