Popular Cheese Brands Recalled Over Possible Listeria Contamination

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Dig through that refrigerator again. There may be some more cheese in there that could kill you.

Sargento Foods have expanded their recall of products over a listeria contamination issue. Last week, they recalled several of their products over the same fears.

The company has ended their relationship with their cheese supplier, Deutch Kase Haus, which supplied Sargento with the affected Longhorn Colby Cheese.

The recall has now expanded to include Sargento Sliced Colby, Muenster and Pepper Jack Cheese. There have been no confirmed illnesses from the cheese, but the cheesemaker has set up an informational website for consumers to check the sell-by dates and UPC bar codes of the affected lines of cheese.

The company had previously announced that certain packages of its Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby and Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese must be recalled “due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.”

Listeria can cause Listeriosis and is a serious infection that is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and the elderly. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. It can be fatal. Of the 1,600 cases reported in the United States, about 260 result in death.

(via: The Federalist Papers)

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