It's been a grilled cheese sandwich of sadness for Kraft lately.
First, news broke last week that employees working at the company's Illinois headquarters were having their free cheese-stick and Jell-O privileges revoked, and now the company has announced the recall of 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles American and White American cheese due to a choking hazard.
The problem comes from the packaging of the cheese: A piece of the thin plastic wrapper encasing the slices of cheese may end up sticking to the cheese and being accidentally ingested, potentially causing a choking hazard. Bad news for those of us who have a habit of working our way through an entire package, Homer Simpson-style.
"We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed," read the recall statement from Heinz-Kraft.
Ten customers have reported the sticky situation, and three of them have reported choking, according to the company.
In total, 377,000 packages of Kraft Singles may have been affected; they have been shipped to the U.S., Puerto Rico and Grand Cayman.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University (http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/jhb7/) for over ten years, he still shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."