Kraft Foods voluntarily recalled their Knudsen cottage cheese in seven states, but told consumers not to worry: the affected cheese isn't making people sick, it just doesn't taste right.
The cartons affected include nonfat, low fat and small curd cottage cheese, and low fat cottage cheese with pineapple bearing a "sell-by" date of Aug. 31 or earlier, company spokeswoman Elisabeth Wenner said Thursday.
The cheese, processed at a plant in Tulare, was spoiling before that date. Eating it wouldn't make consumers sick, but it might taste bad, she said.
The recall products sold in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Wenner said consumers who bought the affected cheese should call
Kraft for reimbursement, then discard the carton.
"We don't recommend that people eat spoiled food," she said.
The company is investigating what went wrong.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was not told of the recall because it was voluntary, and the problem was one of quality rather
than safety, the company said.