Whether it's fair or not, it's easy to mock a slice of processed American cheese as the culinary equivalent of eating plastic. Unfortunately, that description is a little too real now.
Kraft Heinz has just ordered a voluntary recall of 83,000 cases of individually wrapped Kraft Singles American cheese slices because a "temporary issue developed on one of our wrapping machines" resulted in the potential for a piece of plastic to remain on the cheese after it is removed from its overwrap, the Chicago-based company said in a Sept. 19 news release.
"If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could be unpleasant and potentially cause a gagging or choking hazard," it added.
The issue was discovered after the company received several consumer complaints. There were no injuries or serious health issues reported.
"Kraft Heinz has fixed the machine that wrapped the affected slices and all other processing machines have been thoroughly inspected," it said and apologized "for this inconvenience."
The recall covered 1-pound and 3-pound packs.