Kraft workers in Tulare keep jobs during recall

The Fresno BeeMay 19, 2014 

About 30 employees have been affected by the shutdown of cottage cheese production at the Kraft Foods cheese processing plant in Tulare, but they still have their jobs, Kraft Foods said Monday.

The employees "are currently working on other short-term projects at the plant while we continue our investigation this week," said Russ Dyer, director of corporate affairs for Kraft Foods.

Meanwhile, the plant continues to make sour cream and Parmesan cheese, and milk deliveries to the plant for processing are still being accepted, he said.

Kraft Foods recalled 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese that came from the Tulare plant over concerns that improper storage might cause it to prematurely spoil and sicken consumers.

Some ingredients in the cottage cheese made under the Knudsen, Breakstone's, Simply Kraft and Daily Chef labels were not stored "in accordance with Kraft's temperature standards," Kraft said.

No illnesses have been reported and Kraft said the recall was issued as a precaution.

Bee news services contributed to this report. The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6104, lgriswold@fresnobee.com or @fb_LewGriswold on Twitter.

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