The Kellogg’s company recently announced on Facebook that the company was recalling, without being ordered to do so, boxes of certain Frosted Mini-Wheat’s Bite Size and Mini-Wheat’s Unfrosted Bite Size cereal. The reason for the recall is that some of these cereals could have small pieces of metal in them.
The Following Is Important to Know About this Recall:
- Not all Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheat Products are affected.
- US Food and Drug Administration Has Listed the Cereal Boxes Affected.
- Kellogg’s is Available to Answer Questions.
- Kellogg’s Taking Action to Keep Consumers Aware of Situation.
- Kellogg’s Facebook Post Indicates No Reports of Injuries.
- Dangerous Foods in California Are Subject to Product Liability Laws.n
Not all Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheat Products are affected
The recall announced by Kellogg’s is not for the entire product. The affected products are, however, in different sizes from single-serve bowls to large 70-ounce cartons.
The recall is only for boxes of the Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size cereal which has the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the “Best If Used Before” date on the boxes. In addition, the “Use by Dates” cereal which may pose a danger are labeled Use by from April 1, 2013 to Sept. 21, 2013.
US Food and Drug Administration Has Listed the Cereal Boxes Affected
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted a detailed list of the cereal box markings for the recalled products. The FDA indicated that the action is necessary because there are possibly pieces of flexible metal mesh in the cereal which came from a faulty manufacturing part.
FDA Indicates that Kellogg’s is Available to Answer Questions
The FDA also said that consumers who have questions could contact the manufacturer of the cereals by going to kellogs.com and clicking on the Contact Us button. Consumers can also call the manufacturer at 800-962-1413 between 8 am and 6 pm (Eastern Time) from Monday to Friday.
Kellogg’s Taking Action to Keep Consumers Aware of Situation
Kellogg’s has indicated that chances of metal being in the product are low. Kellogg’s also said, however, that concern by consumers is certainly understandable.
Kellogg’s has apparently consulted with physicians with former FDA experience. The company indicates that it has been advised that the likelihood of the metal fragments having gotten into the cereal is low. In addition, Kellogg’s appears to have been advised that the chances of the recalled cereal causing injury are also low.
Kellogg’s Facebook Post Indicates no Reports of Injuries Yet
Kellogg’s message on Facebook indicated that the company had no reports of anyone finding metal in the cereal. The message indicated, in addition, that there were no reports of injuries coming from the eating of the affected boxes of cereal.
Dangerous Foods in California Are Subject to Product Liability Laws
A cereal placed in the “Stream of Commerce” in California is subject to California product liability laws. If a person were to eat some of the cereal and be injured by metal shavings in it the cereal the manufacturer could be liable for significant financial damages.
The cereal manufacturer in this case should be commended for moving quickly to limit any possible injury from the suspect cereal. In spite of the commendable action by the manufacturer, if injury occurs to someone that was caused by metal contamination the manufacturer could be exposed to a judgment for selling defective products.