Kraft Foods Group of Northfield, IL, announced Thursday that it was recalling 260 cases of Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese Product because it does not contain appropriate levels of sorbic acid, a preservative.
The company’s announcement noted that the batch was shipped to three Walmart distribution centers and may have been redistributed to Walmart stores in up to 12 states (CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, NE, ND, OH, SD and WI). The product was not shipped outside of the U.S.
While unlikely, the affected product could spoil prematurely and/or lead to foodborne illness, Kraft’s statement read. Therefore, it stated, the company is issuing this recall as a precaution.
The following specific batch of product is being recalled:
32 OZ (2 LB) VELVEETA ORIGINAL PASTEURIZED RECIPE CHEESE PRODUCT, 12 units per case, case code date and time range 17 DEC 2014 10:54 – 14:35 ONLY, case UPC code 10021000611611, consumer package code and date/time range 17 DEC 2014 09:34 – 13:15 ONLY, and consumer package UPC code 021000611614.
Consumers can find the case code date on the side of the package. No other products outside this time period on this case code date are affected by this recall, nor are any other Kraft or Velveeta products affected.
The affected product was identified during a review of finished product samples. The company stated that it was taking action to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Consumers who purchased any of these products should not eat them but return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-310-3704 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Eastern).