Cheese-Tainted Hot Dogs Recalled

96,000 pounds were compromised

Apr 21, 2014
Outside Magazine

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Bad dogs! Kraft Foods will recall 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners because they might contain cheese.

If you're thinking that doesn't sound so bad, well, you'd be right. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this is just a case of swapped labels: The products being sold as "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" are in fact the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs."

The mixup still isn't going to fly with USDA, which says the product labels don't list the actual ingredients—namely milk, a known allergen—of the cheese dogs.

A consumer reportedly notified Kraft of the problem on Friday. The company then alerted the federal agency to the issue the following day.

These dogs were made in early March and have the number "Est. 537H" inside the USDA inspection mark. If you have questions about the recall, you can reach Kraft's consumer relations department at (855) 688-4386.

The recall applies to:

  • Sixteen-ounce individual consumer packages of "Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added," with a "USE BY 16 Jun 2014" date and product code "044700000632."
  • Cases of 16-ounce packages that were distributed to retailers of "Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product," with a "USE BY 16 Jun 2014" date and case code "00447000005300." Those cases might have packages mistakenly labeled as "Classic Wieners."
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