Sargento recalls cheese over listeria contamination risks

Sargento recalls cheese over listeria contamination risks

Sargento Foods Inc., one of the leading cheese producers in the United States, has confirmed that it is recalling a number of its products due potential risk of listeria contamination.

The cheese maker announced that it decided to recall certain packages of its Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby and Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese because of a possibility that the products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

In a newly released statement, Sargento said that it ordered the recall after a supplier in Indiana notified it that its Longhorn Colby cheese might have been contaminated. The cheese in question was packaged at the company’s Plymouth, Wisconsin-based facility.

The affected products include Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese, Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese, Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese, Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese, and
Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby-Jack Cheese.

Separately, a Taylor Farms facility in Dallas has issued a recall for thousands of pounds of chicken salad and pork products due to the same Listeria contamination risk. The affected products bear establishment number M/P-34013 or M/P-34733 surrounded by the USDA mark of inspection.

Listeriosis monocytogenes can cause serious infection, which is particularly dangerous for children, older people and pregnant women. Main symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea or some other gastrointestinal problems.