Perhaps “classic” is a bit of a misnomer given that the product in question is properly given the name “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added.” What prompted the recall was the fact that instead of receiving this “product,” it’s possible that the 16 oz. individual packs contain “Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product.” Somewhere in that mess is the known allergen… milk.
The wieners in question were produced and possibly mislabeled in Columbia, MO on either March 2nd or March 3rd of this year.
A spokeswoman for Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT) said in an email that the recall is “isolated to about 8,000 cases of product that were distributed nationwide”
“We apologize for this situation and are working hard to communicate with consumers about it,” said Joyce Hodel, with Kraft Corporate Affairs. “We’re investigating how this happened so we can make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Kraft instituted the recall quite quickly following no reported cases of illness unlike General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) that cost thirteen people their lives along with numerous injuries owing to a faulty ignition switch that was covered-up to protect the company’s bottom line ultimately tainting Mary Barra’s rein at the helm of the automaker.
Communist plots and “wienercide”
Since I grew up in Wisconsin during the 70s, I know that milk allergies and “lactose intolerance” are nothing more than insidious communist plots, but it’s still refreshing to see a company step up to the plate and take responsibility for its mistake, albeit a harmless one. Additionally, I was well-chuffed to learn that the wieners in question don’t necessarily face the fate of the dumpster.
“When we issue a recall, we always put safety first,” Hodel told ABCNews.com. “If the recalled product is safe for donation, and it makes sense to do so, then we do donate it to organizations like local food banks.”
Hodel said Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT) doesn’t ”know yet how much product we’ll get back and if it will be suitable for donation.” “When we have more information, we will work with USDA on any action we take,” she said.