Plastic is...not tasty.

By Tim Nelson
November 22, 2019

Cheese: any lactose-tolerant non-vegan with a soul and good taste loves it. And as long as inhaling fistfuls of shredded cheese isn’t publicly acceptable, cheesy crackers like Cheez-Its and Cheese Nips represent cheese in its most perfectly snackable form.

Now, it seems like even enjoying a Cheese Nip is too good to be true— at least temporarily. This week, the FDA issued a recall notice for a limited quantity of Cheese Nips. The notice cites “the potential presence of small food-grade yellow plastic pieces from a dough scraper” that made its way into a certain percentage of 11 ounce boxes.

Mondelez Global, the parent company of Cheese Nip maker Nabisco, issued the recall voluntarily shortly after it spotted the yellow bits of plastic in question on manufacturing equipment. So far, there haven’t been any documented injuries or illnesses associated with the manufacturing mishap.

Unless you like your cheesy cracker with a side of synthetic molecular compounds, consumers should steer clear of 11 ounce Cheese Nip boxes with a retail UPC of 0 44000 03453 5, as well as boxes with a “best by” date of May 18th, 19th, or 20th of 2020.

We’ve seen plenty of recalls from more perishable foods like meats and vegetables in the recent past, and now it seems like not even our crackers are safe from (relatively small-scale contamination). The surprising recall announcement has sparked online discussion about the merits of Cheese Nips vs Cheez-Its, with some saying that they’d gladly swallow plastic rather than switch allegiances.

Whether you choose to swallow your pride or swallow some plastic, just be aware of the situation next time you’re scanning snack aisle shelves.  

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