LOUISVILLE, KY. — Little Brownie Bakers, one of two bakeries in the United States that makes Girl Scout cookies, has voluntarily recalled certain batches of its Lemon Chalet Crème cookies because of “an off taste and smell.” The company described the recall as a quality issue, not a food safety issue.

“Little Brownie Bakers recently received a few contacts from consumers informing us of an off taste and smell from certain packages of Lemon Chalet Crème cookies,” Little Brownie said in a Feb. 25 statement posted on its web site. “We immediately took the precautionary step of testing product samples. We determined that while the cookies are safe for consumers to eat, they are not up to our quality standards.

“Certain lots of Lemon Chalet Crème cookies contain oils that may be breaking down, which can result in an off taste and smell. We are asking that the councils that received these batches return any product inventory in their control to us.”

The cookies were distributed in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.