Listeria Scare Causes Sargento Cheese Recall
A fear of listeria contamination has caused Sargento to recall several of their cheese products.
Last weekend Sargento Foods, Inc. announced that packages of their Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese and Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby have to be recalled "due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms of listerios is include muscle aches, fever and can also cause gastrointestinal problems. It is caused by eating contaminated food and is particularly dangerous for the elderly and pregnant women.
Sargento's website states they were notified by an Indiana supplier about a possible contamination of their Longhorn Colby cheese.
All of the cheese in question was packaged at Sargento's plant in Plymouth, Wisconsin. "Out of an abundance of caution" five additional products including Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese, Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese, Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese, Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese and Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby-Jack Cheese, have also been recalled.
A statement on Sargento's website stated, "At Sargento, food quality and safety is of the utmost importance to everything we do."
There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses and customers can check the UPC code online to see if it was affected by the recall or for further information, visit sargento.com.