Millions of packages of string cheese made by Kraft Foods and sold under the Kraft and Polly-O brands are being recalled because they can spoil before the dates on the packages, according to an announcement distributed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Consumer complaints about the cheese spoiling too soon led to the recall, Kraft said. A factory in upstate New York was the source of the cheese in question. Production there was halted and the company said it is investigating what caused the problem.
The recalled cheese packages -- 735,000 cases worth -- were shipped nationwide and have dates to use the cheese by ranging from Oct. 25 through Feb. 11, 2014. Spoiled cheese will become discolored, the FDA said.
If you have the cheese, do not eat it. Consumers are advised to return it to the store where they bought it to exchange it for a new package or get a full refund. In addition, c can call Kraft Foods at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 am and 6 pm Eastern Time.
A wide range of products are involved, including a variety of different sized packages and types of cheese. A full list of the cheese being recalled and the use-by dates can be found on the FDA site.
The "Best When Used By" date on multi-stick packs can be found near the bottom of the packages the string cheese came in. If the sticks were bought one at a time, the date will be on the bottom front.
Kraft said the recall is limited to the Kraft and Polly-O string cheese products on the list distributed by the FDA.
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