Kraft is recalling cottage cheese products due to the fact that some of the ingredients were not stored at the proper temperature. It appears that about 10 weeks of production are being recalled, which is a reported 1.2 million cases.
While there is little information to say what happened in this case, clearly the issue was identified after the product was shipped. Many factors can lead to this....improperly placed refrigerated ingredients in an ambient temperature warehouse, a cooler that was not operating correctly so that the temperatures were not below 41 deg F, or ingredients were received at a higher incoming temperature. Regardless, when food products and/or ingredients are stored at an incorrect temperature for a given period of time, corrective action must be taken. If that refrigerated food is determined to be temperature abused, there is often little recourse except for disposal.
This case is a good reminder for being firm on SOPs (standard operation procedures) regarding refrigerated food ingredients - regularly monitoring refrigeration temperature to ensure proper conditions are maintained, and ensuring that ingredients are received at the right temperature and then stored in the proper location.
Kraft Food Group News Release
May 17, 2014
Kraft Foods Group Voluntarily Recalls Select Cottage Cheese Products Due To Out-Of-Standard Storage Temperatures
Certain Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone's Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese Products Included in the Recall
NORTHFIELD, Ill., May 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling select Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone's Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese, and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese products. Some ingredients used in these products were not stored in accordance with Kraft's temperature standards. While unlikely, this could create conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness; therefore, the company is issuing the recall as a precaution. The affected products all have code dates from May 9, 2014 through July 23, 2014.
Approximately 1.2 million cases of affected product were shipped to customers across the United States. The affected products were not distributed outside of the United States.
Listing of Products
Consumers can find the code date on the bottom of the cup or the top of the package. Simply Kraft products with a plant code of 36-2158 on the cups or a "W" in the case code (e.g., "W 21 JUL 2014") are not affected. Simply Kraft products subject to the recall are only those with a plant code of 06-245 on the bottom of the cup and case code date without any "W" (e.g., "21 JUL 2014").
No other Knudsen, Breakstone's, Simply Kraft or Daily Chef products are impacted by this recall.
The Tulare, Calif. manufacturing facility, where all of the affected products were produced, has ceased production and distribution of the affected products as the company works to address the problem.
Consumers who purchased any of these products should not eat them. They should return them to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-6307 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern).
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