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 U.S. diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Central/Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. After leaving the State Department in order to express opposition to the planned invasion of Iraq, he taught courses at Georgetown University pertaining to the tension between propaganda and public diplomacy. For many years he shared ideas on the theme "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" with Eurasian/European delegates participating in the "Open World" program.
Brown’s articles have appeared in numerous publications. A recent piece is “Janus-Faced Public Diplomacy: Creel and Lippmann During the Great War” (published in Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future; now online).
He is the author (with S. Grant) of The Russian Empire and the USSR: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States (also online). In the past century, he served as an editor/translator of a joint U.S.-Soviet publication, The Establishment of Russian-American Relations, 1765-1815.