- Editor’s Note: This article was updates Feb. 17 to include the Biery Cheese Company recall.
Meijer, Sargento, Country Fresh, Guggisberg — some of the top brands and markets in Illinois and the Midwest have recalled at least 27 cheeses or cheese products from shelves due to Listeria concerns.
The Kane County Health Department on Tuesday alerted residents to the recall of several Sargento products. The FDA has issued news releases on the following products that have been pulled from shelves in multiple states. You can click on the link to each and find more information from the FDA, as well as photos of the products.
- Ruth’s — Pimento Spread
- Meijer — Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese
- Sargento — Cheese
- Amish Classics, Deli Readi, Deli Made, Meijer, more — Cheese
- Country Fresh, Soutwest,Marketside, HEB Ready Fresh Go — Stuffed mushrooms, fruit and cheese
- Choice Farms — Stuffed mushrooms (with cheese)
- Guggisberg — Cheese
- Veggie Noodle Co. — Butternut spirals. Distributed to Whole Foods Markets and other retailers in Illinois.
- Biery Cheese Company — Various types of Longhorn Colby cheese.
Many of the products were recalled out of an abundance of caution and with an emphasis on its customers’ wellness and safety. Some include recalls for multiple products. The Guggisberg recall, for example, includes 12 products manufactured both by Guggisberg Cheese, Inc. and by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC under the Guggisberg label, but no illnesses from those products have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged not to consume them, and either discard the product or return it to the store where it was purchased.
Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogenic organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Affected and potentially affected products were distributed by MDS Foods Inc. under multiple brand labels and distributed nationwide. A list and photographs of affected products are available by visiting the FDA Recall website here. More information also is available by visiting the MDS Foods website here.
SOURCE: FDA website