Sargento shredded cheeses and Ruth’s pimento cheese are among several popular cheese products that have been recalled for possible listeria contamination.
Sargento Foods, Inc. has reportedly recalled seven cheese varieties after discovering via a supplier that Sargento’s Longhorn Colby cheese may have been contaminated with listeria. An additional six cheese products manufactured at the same plant, and listed on Sargento’s website, have also been recalled “out of an abundance of caution,” the company said in a statement.
Earlier this month, Ruth’s recalled five brands of its pimento cheese spread after random testing revealed possible Listeria contamination.
From the Centers for Disease Control website:
Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die. The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.
Pregnant women in particular are cautioned to avoid unpasteurized cheeses or any cheeses with a higher risk of listeria contamination.
According to Food & Wine magazine, the Sargento and Ruth’s recalls are among almost a dozen cheese recalls. The Food & Wine article provided a detailed list of the affected cheese brands.
And the caution appears to have been effective, so far, as there have been no reports of consumers becoming all from any of the affected products.