In a popular myth, the moon is made of green cheese. But in a real life example of how good cheese can go bad, Kraft Foods Group Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of Kraft and Polly-O string cheese, reported ABC News on October 26.
The recall concerns Kraft and Polly-O string cheese and applies to about 735,000 cases. Kraft revealed that the recalled products have "Best When Used By" dates from October 25, 2013 through February 11, 2014. The problem with these products: They spoil and become discolored prior to the expiration dates.
Although the company is describing the recall as voluntary, the announcement came only after consumers reported that their cheese had become spoiled and discolored. Kraft tracked the imperfect cheese products to a plant in Campbell, N.Y.
So what should you do if you're unlucky enough to have a package of the cheese-gone-bad product in your refrigerator? Don't eat it, says the company in one of those "we think the consumer is stupid" announcements.
Although the company said that you can return the bad cheese for an exchange or a refund, it's unknown if additional expiration dates may prove to be bad as well, which is why the refund may be your best bet.
Products impacted, according to the October 25 press release issued by the company and published in Yahoo Finance, include:
- various Kraft Mozzarella String Cheese
- different types of Polly-O Mozzarella String Cheese
- various Kraft Cheese Twists
If you're a cheese lover, does this mean that you should steer clear of the dairy aisle? No. Your options include choosing a non-Kraft brand or even making your own cheese, as described in "Making Artisan Cheese: 50 Fine Cheeses that You Can Make in Your Own Kitchen" (click for details).
And if you're a vegan or considering shifting to a plant-based diet, learn how to do it yourself with "Artisan Vegan Cheese" (click for details). You can also buy soy-based or rice-based or nut-based cheese products from companies such as Tofutti, Daiya and Go Veggie.