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Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes of Mac & Cheese: What You Need to Know

The Short of It

Mmmm. Kraft Macaroni and...metal? That's right. The maker of every kid's favorite dinner has launched a giant voluntary recall of its original flavor Macaroni & Cheese because some boxes may contain small pieces of metal.

The Lowdown

Moms, before you serve up your go-to meal tonight, be aware that 6.5 million boxes of the noodles with cheese that please children everywhere have been recalled. Here's what to look for on your package to see if it's affected by the recall:

  • Boxes are the 7.25-ounce size.
  • They have "best when used by" dates between Sept. 18, 2015, and Oct. 11, 2015.
  • Each is marked with the code "C2" directly beneath the date.
  • Some boxes in multi-packs with different use by dates and codes may be affected as well.

Luckily, no injuries have been reported, but eight separate incidents of customers finding metal in their packages have occurred.

If you purchased a box of mac 'n' cheese involved in this recall, it should go without saying that you shouldn't eat it or serve it to your family. Instead, return it to your store of purchase for a full refund.

The Upshot

Kraft is already doing a major mea culpa to its customers for this scary recall.

"We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed," the company said in a statement.

I'm sure Kraft will do its best to make sure something like this never happens again. But still, as a mom I can't help but feel upset a food my kids love could have harmed them.

It seems nothing is safe these days. Just recently, Tylenol maker McNeil Consumer Healthcare pleaded guilty in Federal court to the criminal charge of manufacturing and processing adulterated over-the-counter medicines after metal specks were found in some of its infant's and children's formulations.

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