Sargento is expanding its recall of prepackaged cheese products over listeria contamination concerns.
The Plymouth, Wisconsin based company expanded the cheese recall after supplier Deutsch Kase Haus notified it that additional products may have come into contact with other products contaminated with listeria.
Sargento says it has received no reports of illnesses linked to the products, but it is expanding the recall "out of an abundance of caution." The recall now includes seven additional products that were packaged on the same line as the cheese involved in the original recall. Those products include:
• Sargento Sliced Colby, 8 oz., UPC 4610000105, Sell By date 15MAY17F
• Sargento Sliced Muenster, 8oz., UPC 4610000107, Sell By dates 05MAR17F, 06MAR17F, 15APR17F, 16APR17F and 17APR17F
• Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 7.5 oz., UPC 4610000122, Sell By date 03MAY17B
• Sargento Sliced Tomato & Basil Jack, 6.67 oz., UPC 4610000279, Sell By date 03MAR17B
• Sargento Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, 8 oz., UPC 4610041018, Sell By date H07APR17
• Sargento Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, 8 oz., UPC 4610041105, Sell By date H10APR17
• Sargento Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040094, Sell By date H08JUN17 and H09JUN17
Besides the voluntary recall, Sargento has also announced that it has terminated its relationship with Deutsch Kase Haus, citing concerns for "the health and well-being of Sargento customers."
According to the CDC website, Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The agency estimates that 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and more than 250 die. Listeriosis is most likely to sicken pregnant women, newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.
Consumers can read about other recent food recalls here.