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Here’s What to Know About the Cream Cheese Getting Recalled Nationwide

You may want to check your fridge for potentially spoiled products.

Your breakfast routine may require some additional attention. According to a statement published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a release from Aldi, a bunch of cream cheese just got recalled.

On May 6, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of its cream cheese due to potential salmonella contamination. According to the company’s statement, the affected spread was distributed in eight states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

Just a few days later, on May 9, Aldi released a statement alerting customers of a voluntary recall of their cream cheese as a result of salmonella risk. This warning spans 29 states. 

The potentially contaminated products from Hy-Vee were distributed to Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drugstore, Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh, and Dollar Fresh Market. The recall includes Hy-Vee Whipped Cream Cheese Spread, Hy-Vee Cream Cheese Spread, Hy-Vee To Go Cookies and Cream Mix, and Hy-Vee Cookies and Cream Mix. Check out this release for a complete list of codes, best-by-dates, and product images. 

The products at risk from Aldi were sold at stores nationwide under the labels Whipped Cream Cheese Spread, Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread, Cream Cheese Spread, and Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread. Review this release for more details on the codes and sell-by dates. 

According to both statements, there have not been any reports of illness yet. However, both companies recommend that you check your fridge immediately and discard any affected tubs or return them to your local store for a refund if you see any. 

Dairy contaminated with salmonella can appear in good standing since the bacteria can’t alter the smell, taste, or appearance of food. That’s why tossing your tainted product away is important to avoid any illness. 

Trust us, you do not want to catch salmonella accidentally. The bacteria is responsible for more than a million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and hundreds of deaths in the US every year,  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

With this recall occurring, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the symptoms, which can include diarrhea, fever, stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting, according to the FDA. If you’re experiencing any of these signs, contact a doctor immediately. 

For questions or concerns about the Hy-Vee, Inc. recall, you can reach their customer service line at 1-800-772-4098 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday. If you have inquiries about the Aldi warning, contact them at 1-800-644-5473 or email


Ashia Aubourg

Ashia Aubourg is culture's Assistant Digital Editor. She received her BA in Food Studies and Policy Studies from Syracuse University, where she researched components that make up equitable food systems. She previously held print and digital roles at Food & Wine, Cuisine Noir, America's Test Kitchen, and others, where her writing unearthed underrepresented narratives within food, travel, and culture. Before starting her writing career, she held food policy and social impact roles across various nonprofits and companies. Ashia currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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