Kellogg Pulls 28 Million Boxes of Odorous Cereal

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In a move that  involves millions of cereal packages, Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling select 
Kellogg’s® Corn Pops®, Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks®, Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®,
and Kellogg’s® Apple Jacks®, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced.

Kellogg is working with the FDA to implement the voluntary recall due to an uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell emitting from the package liner. Only products with the letters “KN” following the “Better If Used Before Date” are included in the call back. Items with a “KM” designation are NOT affected. Also, no Canadian cereals are involved.

The following recalled products are:

Kellogg’s® Apple Jacks®
• UPC 3800039136 1: 17 ounce package with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 10 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039132 3: 8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between JUN 03 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s® Corn Pops®
• UPC 3800039109 5: 12.5 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039111 8: 17.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039116 3: 9.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between APR 05 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®
• UPC 3800039118 7: 12.2 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039120 0: 17 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011
• UPC 3800039125 5: 8.7 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks®
• UPC 3800039103 3: 15.3 ounce packages with Better if Used Before Dates between MAR 26 2011 and JUN 22 2011

The potential for a serious health issue is low, said the FDA, but some consumers react to an uncharacteristic off-flavor or smell and should not eat the cereal because of possible nausea and diarrhea. No other Kellogg’s products are part of this action.

David Mackay, president and chief executive officer of the Kellogg Company said, “We apologize to our consumers and our customers and are working diligently to ensure that the affected products are rapidly removed from the marketplace.” Kellogg Consumer Response Center can be reached, toll-free at 888-801-4163 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern time.

“When foods that are popular among kids are being recalled in large volumes, it is clear that our food safety system is not working,” U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro said in an email, quoted Reuters.

According to DeLauro, 28 million boxes of cereal were pulled after 20 people complained of a “waxy” smell and flavor from the cereal box liners; five persons reported nausea and vomiting.