Kraft Heinz is recalling more than 2 million pounds of turkey bacon that can prematurely spoil, it was announced Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that 2,068,467 pounds of Oscar Mayer turkey bacon "may be adulterated because it may spoil before the 'Best When Used By' date." Kraft Heinz discovered the problem after it received "spoilage-related consumer complaints," the USDA said.
The affected turkey bacon was packaged between May 31 and August 6 of this year, and the affected products are: Oscar Mayer “Selects Uncured Turkey Bacon” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 4470007633 0; Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon “Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 7187154874 8; and Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon “Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 7187154879 3.
This is a Class II recall, which is the middle level of three types and is defined as "a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product." But even if you think you've purchased or eaten the bad bacon, fear not: the recall is classified as having low health risk.
Nonetheless, it's more negative press for Kraft Heinz, which earlier this month announced 2,500 job cuts. The layoffs were part of the newly-merged food giant's ambitious effort to shave $1.7 billion from its budget by 2017.