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article imageString of cheese recalls growing nationwide over Listeria fears

By Karen Graham     Feb 14, 2017 in Food
After routine testing of Colby cheese revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes January 30, a variety of Sargento, Meijer, and Amish Classics cheese products were recalled. The recall list has now expanded to include additional brands.
Five more cheese brands have been added to the nationwide recall due to the potential for them to contain Listeria monocytogenes. The latest recall notice comes from Ohio distributor MDS Foods Inc., according to an FDA notice posted on February 11, 2016.
Massillon, Ohio-based MDS Foods Inc is recalling multiple products, and while the recall notice is dated Feb. 11, it was not posted on the FDA website until Monday afternoon. The recalls include products contaminated with Listeria and other cheese products that could potentially be contaminated with the bacteria. For a complete list of MDS Foods Inc branded cheese products under this recall, go to the FDA website.
There have been no illnesses reported from the consumption of the recalled products, but consumers should be made aware that it can take up to 70 days for symptoms of Listeria infections to develop. And due to the relatively long shelf life of the products, the FDA is advising consumers to check their homes for the recalled products.
Affected and potentially affected products were distributed by MDS Foods Inc. under multiple brand labels and distributed nationwide. These products include - Amish Classics; and Meijer, as well as Deli Readi, Deli Made EZ, Lipari Old Tyme, Duck Deli, and Old Tyme.
Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled cheeses — which includes Sargento, Sara Lee, and Meijer brands as well as certain H-E-B and Signature Cafe salads from Taylor Farms, and Country Fresh stuffed mushrooms, should monitor their health and seek medical attention if symptoms of Listeriosis develop.
On January 30, inspectors from the Consumer and Industry Services Division of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) took samples of Amish Classic Colby from a store in Trenton, Tenn. Tests conducted in the state lab confirmed the food was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, reported Digital Journal.
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