The Kellogg Company just issued a recall of its Bite Size Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereals over metal fragments, the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported.
The recall involves a massive 2.8 million boxes of the Mini-Wheats products, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The culprit involved a manufacturing problem that contaminated the cereal with metal mesh.
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 FDA this week. “Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date.”
The recalled Mini-Wheats cereal packages include frosted and unfrosted bite-sized Mini-Wheat varieties from single-serve bowl sizes to 70-ounce cartons, said The Christian Science Monitor, noting that the largest size is typically available at wholesale clubs like Sam’s Club or Costco. The recalled Mini-Wheats cereal boxes have a “used by” dates between April 1, 2013 and September 21, 2013.
Kellogg Company Spokesperson, Kris Charles, told The Christian Science Monitor that the recalled cereal was distributed across the United States. A complete list of the recalled Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats cereals can be accessed on the FDA’s web site .
Kellogg’s is advising consumers to contact its consumer hotline with questions or requests for replacement cereal. The consumer hotline may be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.9621413, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).
This is the second large recall Kellogg’s has implemented on a nationwide level in the past two years. In 2010, Kellogg’s issued a recall for 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 has spent about $100 million to resolve manufacturing problems, this year alone, according to a Wall Street Journal report that also indicated this current recall is expected to cost them another $30 million.