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Kelloggs Recalls Mini-Wheats for Possible Metal Pieces in Cereal

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Kelloggs Mini-WheatsKellogg’s has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 3 million boxes of Bite Size Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats because some packages contain bits of metal mixed in with the cereal, news reports say.

“Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats are a little crunchier than usual. And that’s not a good thing,” writes David Lazarus for Los Angeles Times/Business. “Yup: Bits of metal. Not exactly the breakfast of champions,” he adds.

An article by Bruce Tomaso in The Dallas Morning News is titled: “Rich in iron? Kellogg recalls millions of boxes of Mini-Wheats that may contain metal fragments.”

As Katie Moisse writes for the ABC News blog Medical Unit, the presence in the cereal boxes of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part is unlikely but possible, according to Kellogg.

Moisse quotes Kellogg spokesman Kris Charles as saying in a statement:

Although there have been no reports of any injuries, Kellogg initiated a voluntarily recall of certain packages of Mini-Wheats Bite Size cereal as a precautionary measure. At Kellogg, our number one priority is the quality and safety of our foods and we take this situation very seriously.

Most of the recalled products are cereal boxes with the letters KB, AP, or FK before or after the “best-before” date, Moisse reports, although some are single-serving bowls. Lazarus writes that the recalled boxes have “use by” dates between April 1 and Sept. 21 of next year, and were distributed nationwide.

The company said the likelihood of the metal fragments making their way into the food is low, as are the odds of any of the affected products causing injury.

“We are reassured that our increased supply chain investments helped us to quickly identify the root cause and our preventative maintenance program helped us mitigate the impact,” the company said.

Consumers with packages of the affected product, or who have questions, can contact Kellogg using the “Contact Us” feature on or can call 800-962-1413 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

You can see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release containing product details here:

Lazarus notes that this is the second national recall for Kellogg’s in just over two years. In 2010, the company recalled Fruit Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Honey Smacks cereals because of a funky smell and flavor attributed to a packaging issue, Lazarus writes.


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