Kellogg's Cereal Recall Pops, Smacks and Loops
Put down your cereal spoons, all you Kellogg’s Apple Jacks®, Corn Pops®, Froot Loops®, and Honey Smacks® lovers. Kellogg Company has voluntarily recalled certain boxes of four popular breakfast cereals because there is a substance in the white foil package liners that can “produce an uncharacteristic waxy-like off taste and smell,” according to a company press release.
Kellogg Company is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in implementing the recall. These four cereals are the only Kellogg’s products in this recall, and the cereals were distributed across the United States. All retailers are being notified of the situation.
Kellogg Company notes that although the potential for serious health issues related to the packaging is low, some people are sensitive to the unusual flavor and smell and are advised to not eat the recalled cereals because they may experience temporary symptoms, including diarrhea and nausea. Any consumer who is concerned about health risks should contact their healthcare provider.
David Mackay, president and chief executive officer of Kellogg Company, stated in the company’s press release that “We apologize to our consumers and our customers and are working diligently to ensure that the affected products are rapidly removed from the marketplace.” Consumers who have any questions or who would like a replacement product may contact the Kellogg Consumer Response Center at 888-801-4163 from 8 AM to 8 PM eastern time.
In July 2008, Kellogg Company recalled a limited number of its All-Bran Bran Buds (17.7 oz) because the cereal could have contained metal fragments. Only one batch code was involved, and no injuries were reported.
A complete list of the Kellogg’s cereals in the new recall, with their package sizes, UPC numbers, and Better if Used Before Dates can be found on the Kellogg Consumer Alert website. The company emphasizes that only products with the letters “KN” following the Better if Used Before Date are included in the recall, which involves 28 million boxes.
Kellogg Company press release, June 25, 2010
Kellogg Consumer Alert