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Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of wieners over undisclosed milk

By Jessica Wohl

Tribune reporter

11:08 PM EDT, April 20, 2014

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Kraft Foods Group Inc. is recalling about 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the packages may instead contain Classic Cheese Dogs made with milk, a known allergen.

 The product labels are incorrect, as they do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Sunday. The products were formulated with milk, which is not declared on the product label. 

 A consumer notified the company of the problem on April 18 and Kraft contacted the USDA about the issue on April 19, the agency said.

 Products being recalled are 16-ounce individual consumer packages of “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and product code “044700000632” and cases of 16-ounce packages distributed to retailers of “Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and case code “00447000005300”, the USDA said.

 The products were produced on March 2 and 3, and bear the establishment number “Est. 537H” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed to Kraft distribution centers and to retail stores nationwide.

A spokeswoman for Kraft 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."

 There have been no reports of adverse reactions due to people eating these products. Anyone who is concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider, the USDA said.

 Consumers with questions about the recall were asked to contact Kraft Consumer Relations at 855-688-4386.

 jwohl@tribune.com

Twitter: @jessicawohl