By Ashley Hayes
WebMD Health News
A week after issuing a recall of some cheese varieties over possible listeria contamination, Sargento Foods Inc. voluntarily expanded the recall and terminated its relationship with a supplier.
The recall covered cheeses supplied by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC, because of potential contamination that originated from the supplier’s facility, Sargento said on its web site. The expanded recall comes after the company received new information. There have been no confirmed illnesses.
The expanded recall adds the following cheeses, which were packaged on the same lines:
- Sargento Sliced Colby, 8 oz., UPC 4610000105, Sell By date 15MAY17F
- Sargento Sliced Muenster, 8oz., UPC 4610000107, Sell By dates 05MAR17F, 06MAR17F, 15APR17F, 16APR17F and 17APR17F
- Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 7.5 oz., UPC 4610000122, Sell By date 03MAY17B
- Sargento Sliced Tomato & Basil Jack, 6.67 oz., UPC 4610000279, Sell By date 03MAR17B
- Sargento Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, 8 oz., UPC 4610041018, Sell By date H07APR17
- Sargento Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, 8 oz., UPC 4610041105, Sell By date H10APR17
- Sargento Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040094, Sell By date H08JUN17 and H09JUN17
In addition, Sargento added “sell by” dates to some of the products recalled on Feb. 10:
- Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby, 6.84 oz., UPC 4610000228, Sell By dates 02FEB17F, 01MAR17B and 16MAR17F
- Sargento Chefs Blend Taco Blend Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040002, Sell By dates H11MAY17 and H01JUN17
- Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 12oz., UPC 4610000108, Sell By dates 02MAY17B, 03MAY17B, 11JUN17B
- Sargento Sliced Colby-Jack, 12oz., UPC 4610000109, Sell By date 01MAY17B
- Sargento Off the Block Fine Cut Colby-Jack Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040014, Sell By date H06MAY17
- Sargento Chef Blends Nacho & Taco Shredded Cheese, 8oz., UPC 4610040041, Sell By dates H04MAY17, S15MAY17 and H01JUN17
- Sargento Off the Block Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040076, Sell By dates H07MAY17, H08MAY17 and H09MAY17
Eating foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause listeriosis. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and sometimes nausea or diarrhea; if the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms like headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions may occur. The infection mainly affects pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. In pregnant women, listeriosis can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection of the newborn or stillbirth.
Consumers can check if they have recalled products on Sargento’s recall web site; call the company’s consumer affairs at (800) 243-3737 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central time; or submit questions to the “contact us” page on Sargento.com.