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