Cottage cheese recalls aren't as common as say beef recalls, but the risk is still great. Serious illness can occur from consuming tainted cottage cheese and Kraft has issued a recall after discovering a bad batch.
On Saturday, Kraft announced that it was issuing a voluntary recall of 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese. The affected brands include Knudsen, Breakstone, Simply Kraft and Daily Chef. Kraft says the ingredients used in these products were not stored in accordance with their temperature standards. The company claims that there's little risk of the products actually causing illness, but they want to stay on the safe side. Remaining cautious, the plant that produced the potentially tainted cottage cheese has ceased production until the problems are addressed.
To find out if your product is affected, check out the code date on the container. If the code date is anywhere between May 9 and July 23, you can return the package to the store where it was purchased for an exchange or refund. Despite Simply Kraft brand cottage cheese being included in the recall, some batches were not affected. Those with a plant code of 36-2158 or a "W" in the case code are not affected.
Here's a list of all the batches affected by the recall:
The recent Kraft recall is just the latest major food recall to hit the U.S. Back in February, Nestle recalled over 200,000 Hot Pockets products containing tainted meat. In the same month, Utah's Prime Snax recalled 90,000 pounds of beef jerky for containing an allergen that wasn't marked on the label. Again in February, Uncle Ben recalled its infused rice for causing itching and nausea for up to an hour and a half after eating it.
More recently, 1.8 million pounds of ground beef was recalled after it was found that beef produced at a Detroit-based factory was tainted. The USDA says that children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable. The same caution could be given to those eating the affected cottage cheese.
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