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Kraft recalls 6.5 million boxes of potentially metal-contaminated Macaroni & Cheese

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'Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it.'

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Kraft Foods is already notorious as the brand behind Cool Whip, Cheez Whiz, and a peculiar variety of avocado-free guacamole, but here's another good reason to avoid its products: metal contamination. This week, 242,000 cases of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, Original flavor (tototalling roughly 6.5 million boxes), are being recalled due to the risk of them containing "small pieces of metal." How the metal got in among the hyper-processed Kraft gunk is not detailed, but at least the company provides specifics to help people identify if they have any of the offending products. The affected boxes were shipped to the United States, Puerto Rico, and some Caribbean and South American countries, but not to Canada.

Only Mac & Cheese with the code "C2" on its packaging is in danger of containing accidental bits of metal. This isn't the first time that Kraft's popular ready meal has incited health worries, with concerns about the food dyes in Mac & Cheese causing the company to alter the ingredients of its kid-friendly varieties. As pertains to the present contamination, Kraft Foods has expressed its "deep regret for this situation" and offered an apology. The company advises that "consumers who purchased this product should not eat it," which seems like universally sound advice, metal or not.

Correction: The article originally stated that 242,000 boxes were recalled. That number relates to the number of cases, with the boxes being a much more dramatic 6.5 million.

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