New Jersey Alert Mini Wheats Flagged As Dangerous Product

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Oftentimes when a product is deemed to be unsafe for human consumption for some reason, a recall is issued. These recalls may be ordered by the Food and Drug Administration or other agencies. If the issue is bad enough, the manufacturer of the potentially dangerous product may issue the recall voluntarily. One recent voluntary recall may be of great interest to cereal lovers across New Jersey.

Cereal manufacturer Kellogg has announced a voluntary recall of many of its Mini-Wheats products. It is possible that metal mesh fragments may have made their way into the cereal at some point during the manufacturing process. The potentially contaminated product was distributed nationwide.

Kellogg believes that there may have been an issue with metal detection devices that are supposed to weed out such contaminants. The company says it and the detector supplier are working together to find out what went wrong. So far, the recall of potentially contaminated products is limited to bite-size frosted and unfrosted Mini-Wheats.

There have not been any injuries reported to date in connection with the recall. Kellogg says the recalled product can be identified by certain codes associated with the “Best if Used Before” dates on each box. Dates range from April to September, 2013, and codes include AP, FK and KB that appear before or after the dates. Consumers are urged to look at the dates on purchased packages of Mini-Wheats cereal to see if their products are affected and to contact Kellogg’s should they have questions or concerns.

Anyone who suspects that they have been injured due to this potentially dangerous product should seek medical attention right away. In addition, maintaining detailed records of a confirmed diagnosis or treatment relating to the product may be beneficial should the injured party choose to seek damages against the manufacturer.

Under New Jersey personal injury laws, the injured party may be able to seek a products liability claim against the manufacturer of a dangerous product, which may provide monetary relief to cover any medical expenses incurred.

Source: CNN, “Kellogg’s recalls Mini-Wheats,” Oct. 12, 2012

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