Special K Recall: Red Berries Cereal Contains Glass Shards, Are You At Risk? [ANALYSIS]

By iScienceTimes Reporter on February 21, 2013 10:35 AM EST

Special K recall is due to glass found in 36,000 boxes. (Image: Creative Commons)
Special K recall is due to glass found in 36,000 boxes. (Image: Creative Commons)

The Special K recall is one of epic proportions. The Kellogg company is recalling 36,000 boxes of Red Berries cereal in the Special K recall. The boxes have already been distributed nationwide.

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The Special K recall of 36,000 boxes of Red Berries cereal is due to potential dangerous glass fragments that may or may not be in the cereal.

"The company took this precautionary action due to the possible presence of glass fragments from a single batch of one of the ingredients," said Kris Charles, company spokesman. "This is a very small recall ... We took the step out of an abundance of caution."

Although the Special K recall has not affected any reported resulting injuries. There are ways to tell if the Special K recall affects your Red Berries cereal.

The Special K recall affects three different-sized packages of the Red Berries cereal. "Use By" dates run between Nov. 30, 2013 and Dec. 2, 2013. As a part of the "Better if Used Before" date, the Special K recall boxes have KXA, KXB or KXC.

The affected Special K recall packages cab be identified by their sizes, UPC codes, and expiration dates, listed below:

1.2-ounce package

  • UPC Code 38000 59923

Better if Used Before:

  • DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 00:13 through DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 02:30

22.4-ounce twin pack

  • UPC Code 38000 78356

Better if Used Before:

  • NOV 30 2013 KNA 105 07:00 to NOV 30 2013 KNA 105 08:51
  •  NOV 30 2013 KNB 105 15:00 to NOV 30 KNB 105 17:05

37-ounce package

  • UPC Code 38000 20940

Better if Used Before:

  • NOV 30 2013 KNB 107 17:31 to NOV 30 2013 KNB 107 20:05

The Special K recall was announced on Feb. 15. Kellogg is offering replacement coupons to customers who bought the packages. Customers who may have purchased the affected cereal are advised to call 800-962-1413.

This isn't the first time the Special K recall has been mirrored across other Kellogg company brands. Last October, the company issued a voluntary recall of 2.8 million boxes of Mini-Wheats Bite Size due to the possible presence of metal mesh. Two years ago, elevated levels of chemicals caused an odd smell to come from cereals such as Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Froot Loops.

In 2009, the Special K recall was also precedented by a Kellogg company recall. The company's Austin and Keebler brands of peanut-butter sandwich crackers and Famous Amos and Keebler cookies were recalled due to potential contamination of Salmonella.

In more present product recall news, the Special K recall is joined by another. Kasel Associated Industries, who make dog treats under the Boots&Barkley name, is recalling their product. They are voluntarily recalling all products that were manufactured at their Denver, Colo., facility from April 20, 2012 through Sept. 19, 2012.

It seems no one is safe from contaminated goods, whether it be humans or dogs. In the future, perhaps this Special K recall will spark a larger conversation about food and beverage safety.

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