The Velveeta Recall – A Reminder to Avoid Fake Cheese

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As you may have already heard, Kraft is recalling Velveeta in several states, after discovering that 260 cases of the product were manufactured with an insufficient amount of preservative. Oh, the irony.

Velveeta “cheese product” has been faking it since 1928. It looks like cheese, but it isn’t. the FDA does not even allow it to be called cheese. Look at the ingredient list and you will understand why:

Milk, whey, skim milk, milk protein concentrate, water, milkfat, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate, modified food starch. Contains less than 2% of salt, calcium phosphate, dried corn syrup, canola oil, maltodextrin lactic acid, sorbic acid as a preservative, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, cheese culture, enzymes, apocarotenal and annatto (color).

Compare to Swiss Cheese:

Part skim milk, cultures, salt,  rennet.

The preservative missing from the recalled Velveeta is sorbic acid – bold above. It is a harmless additive used to inhibit mold. It’s the least of our worries when it comes to this product. While each of the other ingredients on its own is not the end of the world, their combination is an abomination.

More specifically, why add protein concentrates to cheese? Why add water? Corn syrup? Additionally, the sodium content per serving (1 ounce) is very high, close to 20% of the daily maximum recommendation. To see Velveeta’s nutrition grade, get the free Fooducate app (android, iphone).

Eat real cheese, there is no shortage.

  • Celloluv

    This is the “cheese” I grew up on. It probably wasn’t until my late teens that I encountered real cheese. I read an article about the development of this cheese. It was huge because it would last a long time as real cheese didn’t. It cut food waste which was important to the homemakers of that era.

    Another childhood memory is all the boxes that we played with at my grama’s house. They were the government supplemental cheese boxes she’d collect from her job in a school kitchen. The same size as a Velveeta box. I’m guessing it was the same type product. Made great storage boxes. I still have some of her craft supplies in those boxes.

  • H2O

    Not a fan don’t buy it or eat it. Reminds me of melted plastic.

  • Stardust

    I grew up on kraft easy mac and “cheese”, the one in the little micorwaveble cup. Now I feel sick just thinking about eating that artificial crap.

  • Molly

    I don’t care what you say, using Velveeta sparingly, if you like the melty creaminess, is safe,or the government wouldn’t allow it to be sold. I like it.

    • Becky

      Just because it’s being sold doesn’t mean it’s safe. Be careful about your assumptions and do research before you buy processed foods. Many that are legal in the US are illegal in other countries. Many of the foods eaten in the US are responsible for multiple diseases, just so the medical department can thrive.

      • Stardust

        I agree 100 percent!

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    • Alana

      Keep everything in moderation!

    • Tris J


  • lauren

    I love velveeta haha, but i rarely eat it except for once in a blue moon!

  • H2O

    The government has not done a food recall that I can remember, all food recalls are voluntary. The fraud and deception admin doesn’t even call it chesse.

  • mhg

    I love skim mil as an ingredient. Although i am trying to find a substitute that does not have 12 grams of suger in each 8 ounce glass.

  • Cactus_Wren

    I use Velveeta once or twice a year, for dip: melt a one-pound block with a can of Ro*tel tomatoes. For anything else, the only cheese I want is cheese. Velveeta can’t even be sold as “process cheese food” — it has to be labeled “process cheese product.” Yeah, you heard it here first, folks: VELVEETA IS NOT CONSIDERED FOOD BY THE US GOVERNMENT.

  • confusion

    Cheese popcorn….mmmm