Bacteria Concern Sparks Cheese Recall
Sargento Foods—one of the largest commercial cheese manufacturers in the United States—recently announced a recall of several packaged cheese products due to concerns over possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company was notified by a supplier that its Longhorn Colby cheese may have been contaminated.
Out of caution, the following products are currently included in the recall: Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby, Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese, 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. Consumers are advised to go to Sargento's website to determine if products they have purchased are being recalled.
Listeria can cause serious illness—especially in older adults and women who are pregnant. According to the CDC, symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and digestive problems. About 1,600 cases occur in the U.S. each year, resulting in approximately 260 deaths.
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