Sargento recalls cheeses amidst Listeria fears

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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:

  • Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby, 6.84 oz., UPC 4610000228, with “Sell By” dates of “12APR17B” and “10MAY17B”
  • Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040041, with “Sell By” dates of “H14JUN17” and “H12JUL17”
  • Sargento Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese, 12 oz., UPC 4610000109 with “Sell By” date of “11JUN17B”
  • Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese, 12 oz., UPC 4610000108 with “Sell By” dates of “12JUN17B”, “09JUL17B” and “10JUL17B”
  • Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040002 with “Sell By” dates of “H14JUN17” and “F28JUN17”
  • Sargento Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby-Jack Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040014 with “Sell By” date of “F05JUL17”
  • Sargento Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 4610040076 with “Sell By” date of “F05JUL17”"

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through their website, 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."

    News date : 02/13/2017    Category : About Bahamians, Accident/Emergency, Business, Food/Cooking, Health, Press Releases, World News, Bahamas Local Stories

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