Is there a way to tell, via smell, taste, appearance or texture, if cream cheese is spoiled?

Fresh cream cheese has a uniform white-to-light-cream color; a clean, sometimes buttery flavor; and a smooth, “spreadable” texture. Spoiled cream cheese may taste bitter, “yeasty,” sour, dry, or watery and may develop greenish mold, a “damp” odor, and a grainy or chalky texture.
Dairy Pipeline newsletter (Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research): “A closer look at cream cheese”
USDA Factsheet: “Specifications for Cream Cheese”
Dr. Rani Govindasamy-Lucey, senior scientist, Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, University of Wisconsin


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