Sargento – Expands Cheese Recall

Sargento Foods Incorporated has expanded their cheese recall program. Also, this food company terminated their relationship with their supplier. Sargento Foods is located in Plymouth Wisconsin.

Their supplier, Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC has been supplying them with cheese possibly tainted with Listeria. This is a continued voluntary recall by Sargento. This company claims there have been no confirmed illnesses yet.

Sargento claims Longhorn Colby Cheese was only cheese with this problem. Sargento added seven additional cheese products to their original February ten two thousand seventeen recall. Also, they added some “Sell by Dates” to previously recalled cheese products.

If you are a consumer of these cheese products you can visit info.sargento.com for detailed information. Also, you can call Sargento at 1-800-243-3737 Monday through Friday between 9AM and 4PM Central time. Sargento will dish out, no pun intended, reimbursements if you contact them.

Another way to contact this company is via their “Contact Us” page. You can also use their search box at info.sargento.com. You will need either a universal purchase code or sell by date.

Listeria – Cheese Recall by Amish Classics Meijer Sargento

Three large processed food makers, Amish Classics, Meijer, and Sargento recalled some of their food products containing cheese. Tennessee food inspectors found some Listeria monocytogenes in colby cheese. No illnesses have been reported yet.

However, in take around seventy days for any symptoms of this bacteria to show. According to a Tennessee health alert:

“Listeria monocytogenes is unlike many other germs because it can grow in a cold environment. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women and may be fatal for individuals with weakened immune systems.”

Deutsch Kase Haus LLC, a Middlebury, IN, company owned by Michigan Milk Producers created this cheese infected with Listeria. Amish Classics, Meijer, and Sargento companies performed voluntary recalls of colby cheese. Amish Classic label item number 55209 sold as sliced deli cheese is being recalled.

Lot numbers 110316V02, 110316V03 and 110316V04 are being recalled. All Meijer brand “Colby Cheese” and “Colby Jack Cheese” is being recalled. Universal Product Code numbers, on packages, beginning with 215927xxxxxx or 215938xxxxxx are being recalled.

Meijer is issuing a full refund if you return their colby cheese packages. Sargento is recalling seven total products. Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby, 6.84 ounce with UPC code 4610000228 and sell by dates of “12APR17B” and “10MAY17B”. Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese, 8 ounce with UPC code 4610040041, with with sell by dates of “H14JUN17” and “H12JUL17”.

Also, Sargento is recalling following items that were created on same assembly line as prior recalls.

* Sliced Colby Jack Cheese 12 ounce UPC code 4610000109 sell by date 11JUN17B”
* Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese 12 ounce UPC code 4610000108 sell by dates 12JUN17B 09JUL17B 10JUL17B
* Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese 8 ounce UPC code 4610040002 sell by dates H14JUN17 F28JUN17 D28JUN17
* Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby Jack Cheese 8 ounce UPC code 4610040014 sell by date F05JUL17
* Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese 8 ounce UPC code 4610040076 sell by date F05JUL17

Super Bowl – Spike in Emergency Room Visits After Parties

A new food study was released that points to data showing that there are spikes in intestinal emergency room visits after Super Bowl game day parties. These type of emergency room visits also occurred increasingly after national holidays and sporting events similar to the Super Bowl. People who over eat after these types of events are ten times more likely to need emergency medical service for food obstruction.

This study was performed for eleven years between two thousand one and two thousand twelve. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts was site of this study. Thirty eight people received an emergency esophagus procedure within days of certain high profile events such as a Super Bowl.

Thirty seven percent of these procedures were because food became lodged in patients’ esophagus. Out of Eighty one patients either two weeks before or after a similar event, only four percent required emergency medical attention to remove lodged food in their esophagus. Most of this over eating occurred in men and quite a few incidents occurred after Thanksgiving.

Turkey fifty percent, chicken twenty nine percent, and beef twenty one percent were biggest culprits causing food to lodge in esophagus. Doctor Asim Shuja gastroenterologist from University of Florida Health in Jacksonville, Florida was quoted as saying:

“Though the sample size was small, it’s clear that a pattern emerged showing a higher percentage of people seeking treatment during or just after the holiday or event, and a much greater percentage during those times needed help because food was impacted in their esophagus. It’s a very serious problem that people need to be aware of.

Serving size, eating too quickly, and alcohol consumption could be risk factors. This study was published in the December two thousand sixteen Gastroenterology Report. Two other medical centers participated in this study.

Blue Bell Creameries – Cookie Dough Supplier Source of Listeria

The Houston Chronicle has reported that The Food and Drug Administration traced Listeria that was in Blue Bell Creameries products to their third party cookie dough supplier. This company is named Aspen Hills.

Last October, Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall of all their products that included cookie dough. Aspen Hills denied their cookie dough included listeria, before being shipped to Blue Bell Creameries. Also, Aspen Hills issued a voluntary recall.

The Food and Drug Administration found listeria, when investigating this companies facility. The Houston Chronicle claims that owner of Aspen Hills plan on closing this business. This company ceased operations end of last year two thousand sixteen.

Some listeria was found in a finished product that had not yet been shipped out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated listeria outbreaks with Blue Bell Creameries. Ten incidents were documented including three deaths.

Allegedly, Blue Bell Creameries does not currently have a dough supplier. The Food and Drug Administration sent Aspen Hills a warning letter after completing their investigation. So far neither Blue Bell Creameries or Aspen Hills responded to the Houston Chronicle.

Listeria is a monocytogenes bacterium food poison. This bacteria is found in water and soil. The Food and Drug Administration was able to link Listeria found in Blue Bell Creameries products to their Aspen Hills investigation. Blue Bell Creameries has suspended their business relationship with Aspen Hills.

Aspen Hills Incorporated is an Iowa based company. Blue Bell Creameries is located in Texas. I was not able to find out if any persons are facing criminal charges at either company.

Blue Bell Creameries was able to continued to conduct business after a listeria outbreak that killed three people. Actually, Blue Bell Creameries will begin to sell products in Arizona and Colorado again March of two thousand seventeen.