Kraft is recalling 260 cases of their Velveeta cheese because the cheese in question may not contain the proper amount of preservatives. Specifically, there may be insufficient levels of sorbic acid in the cheese. The lack of this preservative has the potential to make the cheese prematurely spoil, or cause a food-borne illness to those who consume it.
The cheese in question all comes from a single batch made on one manufacturing line which took place during a few production hours. It was sold in 32-ounce containers and had a Dec. 17, 2014 “Best Used By” date stamped on the packaging. The affected product also contained a time-stamp for the hours between 09:34 and 13:15 next to the date (see photo above). The recalled packages have the code 021000611614 marked on the package.
The Velveeta cheese in question was shipped to 23 Walmart distribution centers. These distribution centers service many Walmart stores throughout the Midwest. The recall affects Walmart stores in as many as 12 states where the cheese may have been shipped. These states include Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
If your family eats Velveeta cheese, you shop at Walmart and you live in one of the 12 states where it might have been shipped, be sure to check to see if you have the recalled product in your home. If you do have it, you have a few choices. Kraft would prefer you return it to the Walmart where you purchased it, and you’ll get a full a refund. Or you can contact Kraft Consumer Relations directly at (800) 310-3704 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central time.
The other option is to throw it out. Even if the Velveeta cheese has been opened and partially consumed without any known harm, you shouldn’t assume that it’s safe. The rest of the package should still be thrown out. If you decide to throw it out, be sure to seal it in a plastic bag if it’s been opened, then place it in a tightly covered garbage can. This will help stop other people or animals from accidentally eating it.
The recall is being done proactively and voluntarily as a precaution. There have been no reported cases of people becoming sick from the cheese at this point, but the potential does exist, and therefore is being done.