Thursday, 23 March, 2017

Cheese sold in OH recalled for possible Listeria contamination

Image courtesy of Guggisberg Cheese LLC Image courtesy of Guggisberg Cheese LLC
Melissa Porter | 17 February, 2017, 01:01

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

No other Sargento products are affected.

Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Ind. has notified Sargento Foods Inc. that a specialty Longhorn Colby cheese they supplied to Sargento must be recalled due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms of listeriosis include muscle aches, fever and can also cause gastrointestinal problems. About 1,600 people a year in the US are sickened by the bug, resulting in about 260 deaths annually. Among those second five are two products sold at Publix in eight-ounce packs, Sargento Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese with a sell by date of July 5, 2017 and Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese with sell by dates of June 14, 2017 and June 28, 2017.

The recall of seven Sargento cheese products has expanded into 12 products produced by Guggisberg Cheese, Inc. of Ohio.

No one has gotten sick from the contamination thus far, and the recall announcement was made out of an abundance of caution after a sample of cheese from Deutsch Kase Haus tested positive for listeria.

A statement on Sargento's website stated, "At Sargento, food quality and safety is of the utmost importance to everything we do".

Taylor Farms said certain packages of its Signature Cafe Southwest Chicken Premade Salad, Signature Café Southwest Style Salad with Chicken and H-E-B Shake Rattle & Bowl Rowdy Ranch Hand were subject to the recall. The full list of affected products can be found here. The varieties include Colby and pepper jack cheese horns, and Colby mini rounds.

The products were shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Numerous items were sold nationwide.

For specific products and use-by dates can be found at the FDA web page for the recall.