Kraft Foods Group, Inc., (which the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service quaintly refers to as “a Columbia, Mo., establishment,” as if it’s Ma and Pa Kraft grinding out sausages at a corner butcher store) has announced a recall of around 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the hot dogs may contain Oscar Mayer “Classic Cheese Dogs” instead of the non-cheese-containing “Classic” dogs.
The FSIS says that Kraft was made aware of the hot dog switcheroo on Friday, April 18, after a customer noticed the problem, and that Kraft alerted the USDA to the gaffe on Saturday.
Because milk is a known allergen and the Classic packaging makes no mention of milk content (because there isn’t any), the USDA has labeled this a Class I recall, meaning “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Luckily, says the USDA, neither it nor Kraft have received any reports of adverse reactions to mixed-up wieners.
The recalled hot dogs only represent two days’ worth of wieners. These particular products were made on March 2-3 of this year, and were distributed to stores nationwide wide in subsequent weeks.
The labels on the 16-oz. packages read “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added” and have “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” and a product code of “044700000632.”
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Kraft Consumer Relations at (855) 688-4386.