In a move that has given Kraft Foods fans pause, the company is recalling 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese. The impacted brands include Knudsen, Breakstone, Simply Kraft and Daily Chef.
The Kraft recall measures were announced on Saturday.
Company officials state that the reason these cheese products are being called back is that the ingredients originating from a facility in Tulare, Calif. had not been stored properly.
Cheese from the location had been shipped out to customers across the United States. It's believed that the issue only affects American consumers as these items were not shipped outside the United States.
Recalled products are said to contain a plant code of 06-245 and no "W" in the case code date.
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The affected products also are dated between May 9th and July 23rd.
Products made outside the affected time window and and possessing a "W" in the case code date are not part of the recall.
Kraft Foods has stressed that this recall is voluntary and that the company is taking precautionary measures in order to prevent illness in consumers.
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It was announced that in addition to the recall, the California facility's production of related ingredients had been halted. Distribution of the cheese items has also been stopped for the time being. The company is currently working to fix the problem.
According to Kraft Foods spokesman Russ Dyer, Kraft is investigating a complaint related to a batch of expired cheese that was not recalled.
RECALL: Kraft is recalling several brands of cottage cheese because some ingredients were not kept cold enough: http://t.co/I5Jxo1Zkz0
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Kraft Foods strongly cautions any consumers against eating any cottage cheese products that were recalled.
If you find that you have purchased a recalled Kraft Food product, your best course of action is to return the item to the store you bought it from for a refund.
Concerned customers are also asked to contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-6307.
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