February 13, 2017
The Bahamas Ministry of Health addressed a recent recall of various Sargento cheese products that may potentially be contaminated with Listeria Monday, February 13, 2017, via a Facebook post.
An excerpt from the post reads as follows:
"Please take note of the following RECALL:
Sargento cheese has issued a recall of the following cheeses due to concerns of listeria contamination:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through their website www.CDC.gov, define Listeriosis as "a serious infection caused by the germ Listeria monocytogenes. People usually become ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated food. The disease primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems."
While Listeriosis may be a mild disease for pregnant women it "causes severe disease in the fetus or newborn baby." Older persons, in particular senior citizens, and "people with weakened immune systems most commonly develop severe infections of the bloodstream (causing sepsis) or brain (causing meningitis or encephalitis). Listeria infections can sometimes affect other parts of the body, including bones, joints, and sites in the chest and abdomen."
Please note "if you have these products in your home we [The Bahamas Ministry of Health] strongly advise that you discard them or attempt to obtain a refund from the store of purchase."