If you are making grilled cheese for your children anytime soon, make sure you check the cheese you are using. Earlier this month, Kraft voluntarily recalled over 36,000 boxes of both American and White American cheese Singles with a particular sell-by date.
The individually wrapped cheese slices were recalled due to a potential choking hazard. The recalled batches have been reported to retain small strips of wrapping plastic. After the wrapper is removed from the cheese, a thin strip of the film remains adhered to the cheese. Ten consumer complaint reports have been filed so far, and in three cases, consumers have choked on the small piece of packaging film.
The affected cheese involved certain three-pound and four-pound boxes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized cheese. The products have a “best when used by” date of December 29, 2015 through January 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing code “S54” or “S55.”
Consumers who have the recalled cheese should return it to the retailer for a full refund.
If consumers are injured by choking on the strips of wrapping plastic, they may be able to file a lawsuit against the cheese manufacturer. Young children who consume the product may choke and die. In that case, the deceased victim’s family may have legal claims against the manufacturer.
The claim against the manufacturer is likely a manufacturing defect. This means that something happened during the manufacturing defect which made these batches defective.
If the claim against the manufacturer is successful, then an injured consumer may be able to recover the following financial damages:
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