US-based food and beverage company Kraft Foods is voluntarily recalling around 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese products as some ingredients used in the products were not stored at the appropriate temperature.

According to the company, as the improper storage could create conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness, it is issuing the recall as a precaution.

The products subject to the recall are Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone’s Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese, and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese.

The affected products were shipped to customers across the US, and were not distributed outside of the country.

The products bear code dates from 9 May 2014 through 23 July 2014.

However, Simply Kraft products with a plant code of 36-2158 on the cups or a W in the case code are not affected.

"The affected products were shipped to customers across the US, and were not distributed outside of the country."

Simply Kraft products that are being recalled are only those bearing a plant code of 06-245 on the bottom of the cup and case code date without any W.

No other Knudsen, Breakstone’s, Simply Kraft or Daily Chef products are affected by this recall.

The products were produced at Kraft’s plant in Tulare, California, where the company has ceased production and distribution of the affected products in order to address the problem.

The company has advised consumers who have purchased the recalled products to return them to the store of purchase for an exchange or full refund.

Kraft, which employs 22,500 employees in the US and Canada, produces brands such as Kraft, Capri Sun, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters and Velveeta.