Kraft Foods has issued a voluntary recall of 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese because because the product might spoil prematurely. According to a Sunday report on CNN Money, the problem stems from the ingredients used in the product being improperly stored in a California facility. The recall involves cottage cheese manufactured under several brand names including Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone's Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese, and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese.
Recalls are particularly confusing because of the amount of product manufactured under other product names. It becomes more difficult to get the news out to affected consumers in a timely fashion. These products that could possibly cause food-borne illness were not distributed outside of the United States of America.
There is a complete list of the specific recalled products here on the Kraft Foods website. The affected products all have code dates from May 9, 2014 through July 23, 2014. The specifics on which codes indicate a problem are listed in complete detail on the Kraft website above. The simplest way to determine if you have any of the recalled product is to check the date. If it falls within the target area, check out the Kraft website for more specific information.
The company facility in Tulare, Calif., is working to address the problem that caused this voluntary recall. Until the situation is corrected, the facility has ceased operation. Customers who have purchased these products listed on the Kraft website should not eat them but return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or a full refund. For more information, customers can call Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-63607 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Eastern) Large companies such as Kraft Foods have very detailed quality control testing involved in their manufacturing and often only the potential for a problem exists. It is important, however, to put the information in the hands of the consumer to give them an opportunity to protect themselves.