You might want to put the bowl of Mini-Wheats down. Kellogg's is recalling 2.8 million packages of two cereals, Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite-Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size, due to a possible contamination by pieces of metal mesh. The Battle Creek, Mich., cereal giant is blaming the snafu on a "faulty manufacturing part" and insists no injuries have been reported. According to The Christian Science Monitor, this is the second nationwide recall for Kellogg's in two years. In 2010, the company recalled packages of Fruit Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Honey Smacks because of a packaging issue that caused some boxes to smell strange. Overall, this latest incident is expected to cost Kellogg's $20 to $30 million.
One angry YouTube user recorded himself sifting through allegedly contaminated cereal with a magnet:
In its own defense, Kellogg's said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal:
We understand and apologize for your concern. According to Dr. David Acheson, an internal medicine physician and former Chief Medical Officer at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) with whom we consulted, the likelihood of these fragments making their way into the food is low; furthermore, the chances that any affected food will cause injury is low.
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