Recalls seem to be abounding with alarming frequency lately. First, it was the never ending beef recall that just seems to keep expanding more and more. The only reason that I keep buying ground beef is that my local butcher has assured me that they don’t buy pre-ground from XL Meats, so what’s in my freezer should be safe. Then it was Toyota, and fortunately we dodged that one too because our cars are not the same years as the one recalled.
We heaved a sigh of relief until just yesterday, when I saw on the news that my son’s beloved Mini Wheats were recalled. We had just gone to a large store last weekend and bought the biggest box we could find because he’s a teenager, and you know how they eat, right?
The box we bought is included in the recall, and he’d already eaten two bowls of it.
Kellogg’s has recalled the cereal in Canada and the USA because of the possibility of bits of flexible wire mesh being in it, apparently the result of a glitch with a machine on the production line. The recall is for frosted and unfrosted Mini Wheats in a variety of sizes. The cereals affected are the brown sugar and original flavors with best before dates between April 1 and July 29, 2013. If you are in the USA, this this site offers specific UPC codes that may help you. Some news agencies reported a number that you can use to contact Kelloggs with questions, but I found the hotlines were always busy. Instead, I found Kellogg’s community page and found that lots of people had the same question I did.
“Okay, I have recalled cereal. Now what do I do?”
Linda over at the Kellogg’s community had answered a customer, saying, “You do not need to return the item to the store. If you have product that is involved in the recall we will replace the cereal with a free product coupon good for any Kellogg cereal.” and recommended that due to the high call volume, customers email them with “product recall” in the subject line.
So far, even after already consuming two bowls Kevin seems fine. Instead, he may opt to use our recalled cereal for a science experiment like this one: