PHILIPSBURG--Although Kraft Foods Group has informed St. Maarten's Inspectorate of Public Health that the batch of recalled macaroni and cheese products were not exported to St. Maarten, the Inspectorate's Food Safety division "will still be on the lookout" for the items in local mini-markets and supermarkets as a precautionary measure.
Inspector General Dr. Earl Best said in a brief press release on Friday that the recall only applies to macaroni and cheese 7.25-ounce boxes of the original flavour of Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner. With "use by" date of September 18, 2015-Oct 11, 2015 with a code of "C2" at the lower end of the container.
Kraft Foods Group voluntarily recalled approximately 242,000 cases of the product due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The product was distributed in the US, including Puerto Rico and to some Caribbean and South American countries, but not to Canada.
The "C2" refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made. Some of these products have also been filled in multi-pack units that have a range of different code-dates and manufacturing codes on the external packaging (box or shrink-wrap), depending on the package configuration.
The recalled product was shipped to customers in the US and several other countries, excluding Canada. The affected dates of this product were sold in only these four configurations: 7.25-oz. box, original flavour; 3-pack of those 7.25-oz. boxes, original flavour; 4-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25-oz. boxes, original flavour; 5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25-oz. boxes, original flavour.
No other sizes, varieties or pasta shapes and no other packaging configurations are included in this recall. No products with manufacturing codes other than "C2" below the code date on the individual box are included in this recall.
Kraft had received eight consumer contacts about this product from the impacted line within this range of code-dates and no injuries have been reported. Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it. They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or a full refund.