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Kraft Recalls 1.2 Million Cases of Cottage Cheese

Kraft Recalls 1.2 Million Cases of Cottage Cheese

Manufacturing error leads to recall of cottage cheese products

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Kraft Foods has recalled 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese after a manufacturing error.

A manufacturing error at a California plant has led to a massive cottage cheese recall, as Kraft Foods officials say the products could spoil before their best-by dates.

According to The Huffington Post, Kraft has voluntarily recalled 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese as a precautionary measure after it was discovered that some cottage cheese ingredients were not stored properly at a manufacturing plant. Out of concern that not having stored some ingredients at proper temperatures could lead to food-borne illnesses or spoiling in the final product, Kraft has recalled cases of Kundsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese, and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese.

Only products shipped to US retailers are affected, and the recalled containers of Kraft Foods cottage cheese and cottage cheese products are marked with a date between May 9 and July 23 on either the bottoms of the cups or the tops of the packages. Any such products can be returned to stores for exchanges or refunds.

Kraft Recalls 1.2 Million Cases Of Cottage Cheese


About 1.2 million cases of several brands of cottage cheese are being recalled by Kraft due to improper storage of product ingredients. The Northfield, IL company also said that failure to properly store ingredients might have created conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and food-borne illness.

Some ingredients used in Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese were not stored in accordance with proper temperature standards at a Tulare, California, manufacturing facility.

The recalled products were distributed across the United States and have code dates from May 9, 2014 through July 23, 2014.

Consumers with these products should not eat them. Instead, return them to the place of purchase for an exchange or refund.

Spoil Alert: 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese recalled

Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 1.2 million cases of several brands of cottage cheese products because they have been stored improperly and might cause illness.

Affected products were made at the firm’s Tulare, Calif., plant and include certain Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese products, the firm said in a statement Saturday.

Some of the ingredients in the products weren’t stored according to Kraft temperature standards, the firm said in a statement. The products in question all have code dates from May 9, 2014 through July 23, 2014. They were distributed throughout the United States.

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., 󈬅 JUL 2014”).

No other Knudsen, Breakstone’s, Simply Kraft or Daily Chef products are included in the recall.

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.

Kraft Foods (KRFT) Recalls 1.2 Million Cases of Cottage Cheese

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Kraft Foods (KRFT)  has issued a recall of 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese after certain ingredients were not stored at a safe temperatureਊt a manufacturing plant in Tulare, California.

Kraft said though the recall was precautionary, there was still a chance the improper storage could have created conditions which increase the likelihood of food-borne illness. Product affected had only been shipped to within U.S. stores.

The company said it is currently investigating only one complaint of illness from a batch of the cheese. Customers with affected products can be exchanged or refunded at the store of purchase.

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Kraft recalls 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese

Kraft is recalling 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese that could spoil prematurely and cause illness.

The recall, announced Saturday, includes the Knudsen, Breakstone, Simply Kraft and Daily Chef brands.

Ingredients used in nearly three-dozen cottage cheese products weren’t properly stored in a California facility, Kraft Foods Group said.

Since the discovery, officials halted production of those products at that plant and began working to fix the issue, Kraft said.

Kraft called the recall precautionary. Spokesman Russ Dyer said the company was investigating one complaint of illness related to the recalled products. That complaint involved a product consumed past the expiration date.

Many of the varieties recalled are tubs between 4 and 16 ounces. The products were stamped with dates between May 9 and July 23.

Each case includes between six and twelve tubs of cottage cheese.

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Recipe Summary

  • cooking spray
  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages mild Cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes drain.

Reserve 1/2 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese for later use

Mix mild Cheddar cheese, sharp Cheddar cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, and egg together in a bowl season with salt and pepper. Stir cooked macaroni into cheese mixture. Pour macaroni mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish sprinkle with the reserved 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbling, 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter, or as needed
  • ¼ cup blueberries, or to taste (Optional)

Strain cottage cheese in a sieve fitted over a bowl, pressing down occasionally, until cottage cheese has dried out, about 1 hour.

Beat eggs in a medium bowl add cottage cheese, flour, melted butter, and salt. Mix until just blended.

Heat butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat drop large spoonfuls of batter into the melted butter. Sprinkle blueberries into batter. Cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Healthier Kraft Mac and Cheese

Healthier Kraft mac and cheese is possible. I am not sure if it is advisable but you can do it.

I wrote a post about this years ago and I decided to update it because it seems to be popular. Why? I think it is because we are all looking for comfort and the bright orange and blue box for $1 is an easy source.

Since I created this recipe, Kraft has dropped artificial dyes (which is nice) but this stuff retains that bright orange color. There was a whole grain version as well, but I couldn’t find it at my store.

I did a review of macaroni and cheese boxes to see if I could find a healthier version. I didn’t like any of them. My son likes Annies as he says it tastes better than Kraft.

The only cooking skill Kraft Mac and Cheese requires to make it is boiling water. My teenage son and daughter (if I buy it) will make this every day for lunch.

I am not a fan for a couple of reasons. First - this:

Dehydrated cheese in a packet! Does this seem like real food to you? I think this belongs on the space station. Give me a real slice of cheese over this any day of the week.

Isn’t that interesting? If you look closely, the 260 calories is per 2.5 ounces and it is when it is “unprepared”. Who sucks down the cheese packet and crunches on the uncooked macaroni?

When you prepare it - which is 1/3 of the box (who eats 1/3 of the box?):

360 calories, 12 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 49 g carbohydrates, 9 g sugar, 10 g protein, 2 g fiber, 710 mg sodium, 12 Green, 12 Blue, 12 Purple WW SmartPts

When I saw this I thought, “Hey, I can do better than that!”. I can’t reduce the sodium by much but I can figure out how to add less fat.

I decided to nix the butter or margarine (90 calories per tablespoon) and go with 1/2 cup of 2% milk fat cottage cheese. There are a bunch of choices when it comes to cottage cheese - 4%, 2%, 1% and "no fat" cottage cheese can be found in the dairy aisle.

It should taste like the original version so I went with 2%. Finally, I added 1/2 pound of fresh tomatoes for color and to bulk up the dish. Tomatoes are a good complement to the salty dried cheese.

Now, you cut the fat, added a fruit, and have MORE to eat per serving. Are you going to like this? Yes. Is it the healthiest recipe in the world? No.

Have you made healthier Kraft Mac and Cheese? What did you add?

Healthier Kraft Mac and Cheese Recipe

Makes 3 servings (1.5 cup each)
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 7 minutes


1 box Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
1/2 pound fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup 2% milkfat cottage cheese


Cook pasta following package directions. While water is boiling chop fresh tomatoes. After pasta has finished cooking, put it back into the pot and mix in packaged cheese mix, cottage cheese, and tomatoes. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

One serving = 308 calories, 2.9 g fat, 1.8 g saturated fat, 58 g carbohydrates, 11.4 g sugar, 16.5 g protein, 2.2 g fiber, 730 mg sodium, 9 Green, 9 Blue, 9 Purple WW SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Sigh, I tend to think those "MADE WITH WHOLE GRAIN" claims are marketing whooey -- and I'm in the PR industry! Do you have any tips for figuring out which "whole grain" products are actually worth it, and which are mostly hype?

Stephanie G on May 7, 2012

The cottage cheese replaces the butter AND the milk? Interesting idea. If it smooths out/melts that works. Just hope removing the fat doesn't completely make it lose any staying power (not like the original had much, but Iɽ have been adding to it somehow I think). There's already a lot of carbs and feeling hungry after an hour kind of ruins the point of making something lower calorie. I've always added tuna and peas, and I'm now contemplating how to work a little (good) olive oil in there. hmm.

What are the calories and points in the original version per serving? Thanks

Sounds really good,I'm with the others on the "whole grain" claim. I also usually add a most(tuna,chicken and a veggie to mine. Salsa and tuna are yummy together too). My biggest question is the texture issue of cottage cheese. does it melt?

The cottage cheese does melt - there are some curds left (see photo) but you don't notice them. It is less runny than the original version.

When dealing with whole grain - you need to look at the grams of fiber per serving - and if it is above 4 g - you are getting the benefit of whole grain. Otherwise, it is just marketing.

The original is 390 calories and I will look up the PP value and get back to you.

If you must eat mac 'n cheese from a box, Annie's is a good option. They have a whole wheat with white cheddar variety. I agree with the commenter above, and you can't always trust the 'whole grain' label. Annie's has real ingredients that you can read and understand.

Cristina @ An Organic Wife on May 7, 2012

Way better eating it your way than with the powederd stuff. Someone toldme once that the blue box goes right to your thighs and ever since then I haven't had it! :)

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on May 7, 2012

Thanks for posting this. My niece starts college in the fall and I'm making a recipe book for her. I really wanted to add a healthy mac and cheese recipe, but I know she won't go for it. I think this is a great option for her.

We eat a lot of Annie's mac & cheese, and we always add peas. I think my 3.5 year old son thinks that mac & cheese equals Annies with peas. he won't even eat orange colored ones when offered them at other peoples' houses. In college I always made Annies with peas and tuna. it's a pretty decent meal!

The 'made with whole grains' is hype. the way to tell is by checking the ingredient list to see if the first ingredient is whole wheat. SG - thanks for the tip on cottage cheese, I am going to try that tonight!

Thanks :). I havnt read the lable on this box, but I was thinking what the commenter above said-that if the 1st ingrediant isnt whole grain then you arnt getting whole grain, they can add fiber back with more additives. Either way its still a great option for a quick and cheep meal. Thanks for the tip Snack Girl!

When I was younger and not so health conscious, I would add sliced up hot dogs to my Kraft mac n cheese. The thought absolutely disgusts me now! I usually buy Annie's in the purple box. My DD is a picky eater but will eat any mac n cheese, so I figure Annie's is the best. On the evenings when mac n cheese is also my dinner (because I'm too tired/lazy to cook something for myself) I will add veggies to my bowl, usually peas. My DD wants nothing to do with peas and asks that I remove the foul green orbs from her bowl (ok, she doesn't use those exact words, it's more or less just "ick")

My favorite mac and cheese trick is pureed butternut squash or pumpkin. Makes it more creamy (and orange), and as long as you err on the side of caution, undetectable.

The whole grain thing IS hype. Bran cereals have LESS whole grain than ones that have "whole grain" claims up the wazoo because they have more fiber ingredients like bran. Iɽ much rather have 13 grams of "whole grain" in a cereal with 10 grams of fiber than a cereal that's almost 100% "whole grain" with very little fiber. "Whole grain" does not equal fiber necessarily--think about brown rice which adds a gram of fiber or 2 to the white rice. Not that it's not significant--there are nutrients in the outer layer. But this whole "whole grains" thing that includes pepperidge farm goldfish is so hokey.

Hi-A girl at the checkout gave me this addition. It's great-Just add a can of Rotel to Mac N Cheese.

Karen Miller on May 7, 2012

There's also the blue box with CAULIFLOWER added to the noodles. I've tried them and those are pretty good, too.

When i was in college one of our staple recipes in an apartment of 4 girls was a box of mac n cheese + a can or two of tuna + a can of green peas. It's awesome and requires no chopping, one pan, and only 1 bowl to eat it! I love the idea of adding tomatoes. Blue box mac n' cheese is still a staple at my house because of my DH - he loves the stuff. Cracks me up! He's a kid at heart. I make it healthier by stirring in the powder right after I drain the pasta to evenly coat the noodles, then add a smidge of butter and a splash of milk and stir until it gets creamy. You need about 1/4th of what it calls for to make it work. Then I just add more milk later if i reheat it to add back in liquid. Much healthier than the box recommends. Still not great, but better. I love the idea of cottage cheese. I might even try greek yogurt!? Hmmmmm.

love the idea of using cottage cheese instead of butter/milk and adding in chopped tomatoes. I think I'll give the cottage cheese a whir in the blender so it's nice a smooth! Thanks for a great quick and easy idea.

[email protected] Simple-Nourished Living on May 8, 2012

I usually use plain 0% greek yogurt when I make boxed mac and cheese to replace the fat and most of the milk. It works perfectly, tastes creamy and delicious, and ups the protein content! All you need is about 2 heaping tablespoons.

Amazing! I just made this and it tasted 99% the same as the original prep.

For years I made it by HALVING the amount of butter (stopped using margarine decades ago) and DOUBLING (or more) the amount of milk (skim).

Still healthier.

But now I'm experimenting with yogurt the tangy taste works well with the tang of "cheddar-ish powder." I'll still try a bit of butter ) one teaspoon) or a bit of extra virgin olive oil (not quite as good and don't use regular the flavor is too strong).

I've found that if you slowly warm the yogurt up first you'll get less problems with it melting quickly and evenly.

After doing some (very) rough math using the nutrition info panels on all the ingredients, the yogurt version is BY FAR healthier and lower calorie not so much by what it adds, but for the "less-than-good-for-you-stuff" it leaves out.

WARNING: This is STILL NOT health food :)

Also, if you are looking to add some good fiber to any white pasta (which is WAY cheaper than whole grain pasta), try mixing in some cooked lentils into your cooked pasta. Simmering the lentils in chicken or vegetable broth (with no draining) and you might be surprised. It works exceptionally well with more rustic Italian red sauces.

Not so much with plain mac n cheese, but if you're doing another variation using salsa/tomatoes, lentils are okay.

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Potential Risks of Cottage Cheese

While cottage cheese can be low in calories, some varieties have significant levels of saturated fat and more calories. Be sure to read the label before you buy to make sure you get all the benefits you need. Need extra flavor? Add your own using fruits or vegetables before risking added sugar or salt to choose a pre-mixed version.


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