By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
This would have been a really good week to switch to heart-healthy oatmeal .
First, glass shards turned up in Kellog’s Special K with “red berries”. Then at mid-week, came two reports of metal mesh fragments in Heartland Granolas and belVita breakfast biscuits. Look, those conveyor belts need to run FAST.
Not all varieties or packages are affected. So again, the cereals to watch out for:
- Kellogg’s Special K with red berries (glass shards)
- Heartland Brands Harvest Spice and Fruits & Nut Harvest Granolas
- BelVita Breakfast biscuits in the Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate varieties. More details below.
Our family barely missed out on the belVita roulette. I packed a package of the-not (yet?) recalled Golden Oat variety in a lunch box this morning.
Below are the Food & Drug Administration reports on Heartland and belVita, and the voluntary recall by Kellogg’s. Please watch out for those red berries, I mean, glass shards. (The berries really are freeze-dried strawberries, according to the label. I’m not sure why they don’t just say “strawberries”?)
02/22/2013 10:19 AM EST
Heartland® Brands is voluntarily recalling two varieties of its granola cereals in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Israel and Trinidad, as a precaution due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh in an ingredient. The ingredient is a grain blend, and the problem was discovered and reported by the ingredient supplier, Dakota Specialty Milling.
The two Heartland® cereal varieties are:
- Heartland® Harvest Spice Granola Cereal — 14 oz.; UPC 024300 090394; Best If Used By dates from 20130326 (March 26, 2013) through 20130910 (Sept. 10, 2013).
- Heartland® Fruit & Nut Harvest Granola Cereal — 14 oz.; UPC 024300 090387; Best If Used By dates from 20130325 (March 25, 2013) through 20130910 (Sept. 10, 2013).
No other Heartland® brand products are involved in this recall.
Heartland® Brands has not received any reports of consumer complaints or injuries and is issuing this voluntary recall as a precaution.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to discard the cereal but retain the Best If Used By code and contact our Consumer Affairs Department toll-free at 888-881-6769, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET and Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ET, for a full refund of the purchase price.
Mondel?z Global LLC Conducts Nationwide Voluntary Recall of belVita Breakfast Biscuit Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate Varieties in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 21, 2013 – Mondel?z Global LLC announced today a nationwide voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico, of the belVita Breakfast Biscuit product, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate varieties, following notification from a third-party supplier, due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at their facility. The following product is being recalled:
Best When Used By Dates
|belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety, 1.76 oz||0 44000 03192 3||21 Jan 13 – 29 Sep 13 (bottom of package)|
|belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety, 8.8 oz||0 44000 03194 7||21 Jan 13 – 29 Sep 13 (top of package)|
|belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety, 14.08 oz||0 44000 03163 3||16 May 13 – 13 Sep 13 (side of package)|
|belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon Variety, 1.76 oz||0 44000 02824 4||8 Oct 12 – 2 Sep 13 (bottom of package)|
|belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon Variety, 8.8 oz||0 44000 02825 1||8 Oct 12 – 2 Sep 13 (top of package)|
This recall is limited exclusively to the belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate varieties, manufactured and sold in the United States, including Puerto Rico. No other belVita product is included in this recall.
Consumers who have this product should not eat it and should discard any products they may have. Consumers can contact the company at 1-877-799-5633, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. The company has received a limited number of consumer contacts related to this product, and is issuing the recall as a precaution.
Kellogg Company has initiated a voluntary recall in the US of three sizes of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal packages due to the possible presence of glass fragments.
We have initiated a voluntary recall of three sizes of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal packages due to the possible presence of glass fragments.
Please check any packages you have in your home. If your package matches the information below, do not eat the food and contact us for a replacement coupon. We may also make arrangements to retrieve the food for further evaluation.
The food affected by the recall can be identified with the following information:
- UPC Code 38000 59923
- Better if Used Before: DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 00:13 through DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 02:30
22.4-ounce twin pack
- UPC Code 38000 78356
- Better if Used Before:
- NOV 30 2013 KNA 105 07:00 to NOV 30 2013 KNA 105 08:51
- NOV 30 2013 KNB 105 15:00 to NOV 30 KNB 105 17:05
- UPC Code 38000 20940
- Better if Used Before: NOV 30 2013 KNB 107 17:31 to NOV 30 2013 KNB 107 20:05
If your package is any size other than 11.2, 22.4 or 37 ounces, it is NOT impacted by this recall.
If your package has the letters KXA, KXB, or KXC following the Better if Used Before Date, it is NOT impacted by this recall.
(Editor’s note: This is a “blog” — with some personal comments — but I’ve posted it in our news section as well, because you really do need to know about these recalls.)
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