Kellogg Company Recalls Mini-Wheats Cereal

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Kellogg cereal sits on display in a supermarket in Princeton, Illinois.

Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats eaters, be warned: If you notice an out-of-the-ordinary snap, crackle or pop when consuming your breakfast, it’s not that your bite-sized bundles of whole grain are experiencing a Rice Krispies identity crisis — there’s a chance your box of cereal contains fragments of metal.

Kellogg Company released a statement on Oct. 10 voluntarily recalling 2.8 million boxes of the cereal “due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part.” The recall includes only the Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size (Original) and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size varieties in sizes that range from single-serve bowls to 70-ounce cartons. Affected packages display the letters FK, KB or AP before or after the Best if Used Before dates, which span between April 1, 2013 and Sept. 21, 2013.

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Kellogg spokesperson Kris Charles wrote in an email to The Christian Science Monitor that the tainted cereal was distributed throughout the United States, and that no injuries have yet been reported. The company remains confident that consumer harm will be limited, according to ABC News.

“We are reassured that our increased supply chain investments helped us to quickly identify the root cause and our preventative maintenance program helped us mitigate the impact,” the company told ABC.

Individuals who desire a replacement for their Mini-Wheats should contact Kellogg’s consumer hotline at 800-962-1413, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, CSM reported.

This recall is the second in just over two years for Kellogg. In June 2010, the company recalled boxes of Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, Honey Smacks and Fruit Loops after consumers reported the cereals smelled and tasted unpleasant. Although several customers experienced nausea, vomiting and mouth numbness, no serious injuries were reported, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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10 comments
KathrynMarieHall
KathrynMarieHall

I have been following this from the start, but no where does it give the manufactured date.  My mother is in a nursing home and eats this cereal daily.  When I notified the home of the recall they pulled all stock.  I noticed last night a package she sent home for her great grandson of the Frosted Mini Wheats which had been in our pantry for several weeks.  When I checked the UPC, they were included in the recall, indicating to me that my mother and her elderly peers have been ingesting contaminated product for an unknown time frame.  How long has this exposure been occurring?

Carolyn Denise Beaty
Carolyn Denise Beaty

My grandson ate the boxes that were contaminated with this presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh that was recalled, he loves Frosted mini wheats cereal, Sam's club called and left the message about it last week and said that we purchased the faulty cereal, my grandson is 7 years old, has been very ill since September and was hospitalized for severe gastrointestinal pain, nausea and vomiting, he still isn't better, since the recall of the cereal in October of last week, we became aware that this could be what was wrong with him, he is being seen as of now by his Doctor and to do further testing to see if this could be what is making him very ill, he lost over 6 pounds in a two week period and is still having severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting..I suggest that if anyone has ingested this product cereal that was recalled, seek medical care as soon as possible, time is of essence to prevent damage to your gastrointestinal tract and Liver..I am a 25 year veteran RN and have seen what this kind of problems that any type of metal/foreign body can do if not treated, infection, perforation of colon and liver, fever, abcesses , septic shock too.....

JoyceNewman
JoyceNewman

I am one of those who purchased the 24 oz. Kellogg’s Bite Size Mini Wheats with the metal fragments in the cereal. I confirmed the coded information on the Kellogg’s Web site. I am very concerned because for 2 weeks I had some problems that led me to believe I had internal bleeding but I didn‘t know what caused it. Also painful headaches. I had no idea there was anything wrong with the cereal until 10-15-12 when it was almost all consumed. The metal fragments are covered with a sugar substance and can not be seen as metal. It was only when I used a “refrigerator magnet” to confirm that they were metal fragments. I have a doctor’s appointment but at this stage of the game what should we be doing? The nurses at the local hospital where I volunteer seemed perplexed (and had not heard of the recall - no one had heard of it) but advised me to stay away from any MRI’s. I am an older person but this is a cereal for children. I am concerned for them.  Don’t you think more should be said to warn consumers? Thank you for the information you posted.

OldCalifornia
OldCalifornia

Typical. Recall Mini-Wheats, but Time posts a photo of Raisin Bran and Special K.

Mr_Howard
Mr_Howard

I think an article displaying a photo of the actual product being recalled would be more valuable to the consumer. This photo is so misleading it makes you wonder if the reporter has a night job with "POST"

rem54
rem54

Not to mention gelatin. I called them about this to ask why what could easily be made without animal byproducts needs to contain gelatin. No response

Nicole Rempfer
Nicole Rempfer

It's in the frosting. Get the unfrosted kind (or better yet, Post Shredded Wheat that has no additives). Also, gelatin can be made from vegetable sources, but usually isn't because bone gelatin is cheaper.

LevonTostig
LevonTostig

Free jagged metal Krusty-Os inside every box!