Kraft Cottage Cheese Recall Impacts 1.2 Million Cases

About 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese sold by Kraft under a number of different brand names are being recalled, after it was determined that some of the ingredients may have been stored improperly, potentially causing premature spoilage and foodborne illnesses.  

The Kraft Cottage Cheese recall was announced on May 17, impacting products sold under the Knudsen, Breakstone’s, Daily Chef and Simply Kraft labels.

Officials indicate that ingredients used in nearly three-dozen cottage cheese products were not properly stored at the correct temperature, potentially causing earlier expirations than marked and sickness if consumed. At least one illness has been linked to the recalled cottage cheese.

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The recall includes an estimated 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese products stamped with manufacturing date code 06-245. The products were manufactured at the Tulare, California Kraft Foods Group plant from May 9, 2014 through July 23, 2014 and were distributed to various grocery stores and retailers nationwide.

The recalled cottage cheese products were sold in a variety of sizes, from 3.9 ounce to five-pound tubs in cases containing between six and 12 tubs. The date code can be found either on the bottom of the tub or on the top of the package.

Kraft spokesman Russ Dyer, announced the company has halted the production of products that may contain the affected ingredients and is investigating one report of an illness stemming from a batch of cheese that may have contained similar tainted ingredients.

The company says it has ceased production at the Tulare factory while the company addresses the problem.

Kraft advises customers with recalled cottage cheese products not to eat them, and to return them to the store of purchase for an exchange or full refund. Customers with questions may contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-6307.

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2 Comments

  • KariMay 31, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I too eat a lot of cottage cheese so I buy 3 lb. cartons at Costco. I had debilitating digestive issues for several weeks before I was informed by a robo message that the product was unsafe. Costco did remove from shelves so not yet being aware of recall I went to Smith's to purchase and they were still selling! So being that I was still unaware (but they were aware) I again purchased and consum[Show More]I too eat a lot of cottage cheese so I buy 3 lb. cartons at Costco. I had debilitating digestive issues for several weeks before I was informed by a robo message that the product was unsafe. Costco did remove from shelves so not yet being aware of recall I went to Smith's to purchase and they were still selling! So being that I was still unaware (but they were aware) I again purchased and consumed. I am so furious that this is not be taken more seriously and that there is not better follow through by manufacturer where store compliance is concerned. Me and my b-hole want some justice!

  • jodeeMay 25, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I ate ALOT of the cottage cheese doubles...started feeling sick before I heard about the recall. Horrible,horrible. Stomach cramps. I called kraft w 4 empty containers I had left would of had more but the day before was garbage day. The lady on the phone from kraft took my number andsaid xsomeone would contact me within 48 hrs. Thursday was the day I made the call. I missed a call back on sat ,4 m[Show More]I ate ALOT of the cottage cheese doubles...started feeling sick before I heard about the recall. Horrible,horrible. Stomach cramps. I called kraft w 4 empty containers I had left would of had more but the day before was garbage day. The lady on the phone from kraft took my number andsaid xsomeone would contact me within 48 hrs. Thursday was the day I made the call. I missed a call back on sat ,4 mins after the missed call I tried to call back and heard a mess that said they were closed? Although someone called me 4 mins before. So disappointed that it feels like this isn't being taken as serious as it should. After all I'm having debilitating stomach cramps similar to child labor.

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