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Crunchy: Kellogg's recalling Mini-Wheats because of metal in boxes

October 11, 2012|By David Lazarus
  • Kellogg's is recalling nearly 3 million boxes of Mini-Wheats because of metal in the cereal -- not exactly the breakfast of champions.
Kellogg's is recalling nearly 3 million boxes of Mini-Wheats because… (Associated Press )

Kellogg's Mini-Wheats are a little crunchier than usual. And that's not a good thing.

Kellogg's has issued a recall of nearly 3 million boxes of its Bite Size Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereal because of a manufacturing problem that left some packages contaminated with bits of metal.

Yup: Bits of metal. Not exactly the breakfast of champions.

"We have initiated a voluntary recall due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing part," the company said in a statement. "Recalled products include only Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the Best If Used Before date."

The boxes have "use by" dates between April 1 and Sept. 21 of next year. The recalled cereal was distributed nationwide.

This is the second national recall in just over two years for Kellogg's, maker of dozens of cereals as well as Pop Tarts and Eggo Waffles.

In 2010, Kellogg’s recalled Fruit Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks and Honey Smacks cereals because of a funky smell and flavor attributed to a packaging issue.

You can score a replacement box of cereal -- presumably with a lower quotient of metal -- by calling (800) 962-1413.

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