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While in England two weeks ago I bought a Wensleydale cheese with cranberries that was freshly vacuum packed. Over time, the pack filled with air (without breaking the seal). Upon opening the pack, there was only a slight smell of alcohol and no visible microbial growth.

Would the cheese be safe to eat? I'm guessing the cranberries fermented a little.

  • Was it continuously kept in a cool place such as a refrigerator? – Ken Graham Sep 11 '16 at 13:27
  • No. It was out at room temperature most of the time. – tallyfire Sep 11 '16 at 16:26
  • Did the packaging say that it was shelf stable, vacuum sealed or not? – rackandboneman Sep 12 '16 at 12:20
  • There was no label since it was packaged directly by the cheese seller in a vacuum packing machine. – tallyfire Oct 1 '16 at 11:46

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