Sargento Cheese Recall Expanded Due To Listeria Contamination
Sargento Foods Inc. of Plymouth, Wisconsin, has voluntarily expanded a recall of its products last week and has officially ended its relationship with its supplier over potential cheese listeria contamination. The company is known as one of the largest cheesemakers in the US had previously released a recall on February 10 and has expanded the recall on February 17.
Sargento has terminated its relationship with Deutsch Kase Haus, a supplier of the affected Sargento Longhorn Colby cheese during the previous recall. Sargento Sliced Colby, Muenster and Pepper Jack products have already been taken off the shelves, which was packaged on the same lines as the cheeses recalled last week.
CNN reported that there have been no confirmed illnesses from the potentially contaminated packets according to Sargento's statement. They have set up an information website for consumers to check the sell-by dates and UPC bar codes of the affected products.
Affected products are Sargento Sliced Colby, 8 oz, UPC 4610000105, Sell By date 15MAY17F; Sargento Sliced Muenster, 8oz, UPC 4610000107, Sell By dates 05MAR17F, 06MAR17F, 15APR17F, 16APR17F & 17APR17F; Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 7.5 oz, UPC 4610000122, Sell By date 03MAY17B; Sargent o Sliced Tomato & Basil Jack, 6.67 oz, UPC 4610000279, Sell By date 03MAR17B; Sargent o Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, 8 oz, UPC 4610041018, Sell By date H07APR17; Sargent o Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, 8 oz, UPC 4610041105, Sell By date H10APR17; and Sargent o Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 8 oz, UPC 4610040094, Sell By date H08JUN17 and H09JUN17.
The company had previously announced a recall of its Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby and Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.
According to CBS Philly, listeriosis is a serious infection that is usually caused by eating contaminated food and can be dangerous for pregnant women and older people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that symptoms include fever, muscle aches and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. About 1,600 cases are reported in the United States every year, with 260 had resulted in death.