Sargento Foods, Inc., recently announced that certain packages of its Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby and Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese are being recalled "due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes," CNN reports.
Listeria is a serious foodborne illness that can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women and older people. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems.
Sargento, one of the largest cheesemakers in the United States, packages its products in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The recall occurred after a possible contamination was reported in Indiana. Out of “an abundance of caution," the company is also recalling five additional products packaged in the same facility.
Currently being recalled are Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese, Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese, Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese, Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby-Jack Cheese and Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese. You can find out if your products have been recalled by typing in the UPC number into the company’s online product search tool.
“Food safety is our number one priority at Sargento. We are vigilantly monitoring this issue to ensure the situation will be resolved in a timely manner. Our unwavering commitment to safety is at the core of everything we do at Sargento,” reads a statement from the company. “We are in full cooperation with the federal Food and Drug Administration to rigorously investigate and resolve this issue.”
Taylor Farms, whose cheese products are supplied by Sargento, also recalled 6,630 pounds of chicken and pork salad products (including the "Signature Cafe Southwest Chicken Premade Salad," "Signature Café Southwest Style Salad with Chicken," and "H-E-B Shake Rattle & Bowl Rowdy Ranch Hand") due to possible contamination from Listeria monocytogenes.
According to CNN, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service said that the salad products being recalled had been shipped to distribution centers in Los Angeles and Tracy, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Houston, Roanoke and San Antonio, Texas.
Find out more and stay up to date by visiting Sargento.com.