Check your fridge for these common foods causing illness nationwide!
Sargento is a major cheese company who, back in mid-February, issued a recall for seven different cheese products. This came after the discovery of a possible listeria contamination from the company’s supplier, Deutsch Kase Haus. Now they are adding even MORE products to the contaminated list.
The contamination was first discovered by Tennessee inspectors from the Department of Agriculture. The group tested random samples collected from a Trenton, TN grocery store, where they found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in cheese produced by Deutsch Kase Haus.
Since this original recall, Sargento has added seven new products (making 14 total products recalled), and 16 new expiration dates to include in the possible contamination. Those seven new products include: 8-ounce packages of Sargento’s Sliced Colby, Sliced Muenster, Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 7.5-ounce packages of Sliced Pepper Jack and 6.67-ounce packages of Sliced Tomato and Basil Jack.
After placing these new items on the list of ‘do not eat’ products, Sargento discontinued their work with Deutsch Kase Haus “out of concern for the health and well-being of Sargento consumers.” Sargento Foods Chief Executive Officer, Louie Gentine, added in a statement that the company has “high expectations for the quality and safety of our products and hold our suppliers accountable to those same standards.”
The Indiana based cheese supplier, Deutsch Kase Haus, is also responsible for supplying a number of other companies and stores. Taylor Farms, Amish Classic, Meijer, and Sara Lee have all been forced to recall products due to their ties with the supplying company.
Health officials are encouraging EVERYONE to check their fridge for these dangerous products, and advising those who may have already eaten any of the recalled food to keep a look out for symptoms of listeria. According to the recall notice from Taylor Farms, symptoms include “fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.”
Symptoms for listeria may take over 70 days to develop, so be alert and check your fridge!