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Kraft Foods Recalls Velveeta in 12 States

Update Date: Jun 20, 2014 09:20 AM EDT

Popular food staple, Velveeta Cheese, commonly used in dips and in mac and cheese, was just recalled in 12 states. According to officials, Kraft Foods is taking back 260 cases of the 32-ounce block of processed "original" flavor cheese due to low sorbic acid levels, which can cause the product to spoil faster.

Not only does sorbic acid prevent the cheese from rotting, it also reduces consumers' risk of getting a foodborne illness. During routine sampling, Kraft discovered that the products involved with the recall were made with inadequate amounts of this preservative, which can jeopardize consumers' health.

The voluntary recall involved Velveeta products that were shipped to local Wal-Marts throughout 12 states mainly in the Midwest. These states included Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Kraft stated that the recalled product did not reach international grounds.

In Kraft's press release, the company has declared this recall an isolated event. They believe that there is a very small chance that the "affected product could lead to any food borne illness," according to the Examiner. However, as a precaution, the company had decided to voluntarily recall the items.

The original flavor, 32-oz Velveeta's UPC code is 021000611614 with a date stamp reading "17 DEC 2014." Consumers who purchased the recalled product must not eat it and should return the item for a full refund. So far, there have been no reported cases of illnesses caused by Velveeta. Symptoms of a foodborne illness can include but are not limited to diarrhea, cramps and fever. If people are experiencing severe symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately.

If people are concerned about their Velveeta products or have any other questions about the recall, they can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-310-3704.

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