More than 130 additional cheeses and products containing cheeses are under recall because of Listeria monocytogenes found in cheese produced by Deutsch Kase Haus LLC.
A variety of cheese brands are involved, including Sargento, Sara Lee, Saputo, Dutch Valley and Guggisberg, as well as a variety of store-branded products sold by Meijer, Albertsons, H-E-B and other retailers.
The recalls, which began Feb. 10, stem from a random test conducted by Tennessee inspectors on samples of Amish Classics cheese collected from a retailer and produced by Deutsch Kase Haus LLC of Middleburg, IN. The cheese tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and Tennessee officials posted a consumer alert.
The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the situation along with officials in several states. However, a clause in the federal code prevents FDA from releasing information about what companies bought cheese from Deutsch Kase Haus because such details are considered “confidential corporate information.”
No illnesses have been confirmed in connection with the recalled products, but it can take up to 70 days for Listeria infection symptoms to develop. Consequently public health officials are urging anyone who has eaten any of the recalled cheese products to monitor themselves for the coming weeks.
Symptoms can include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeriosis can be very serious in children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. It can result in stillbirths and deaths in severe cases.
For details on the most recent and expanded recalls related to the Deutsch Kase Haus problems with Listeria, please continue reading and use the links at the company names to view complete lists of the more than 130 newly recalled products.
Sargento Foods Inc. of Plymouth, WI, expanded its Feb. 11 recall to include seven more products and announced it has stopped using Deutsch Kase Haus LLC as a cheese supplier.
“Out of concern for the health and well-being of Sargento consumers, the company has terminated its relationship with Deutsch Kase Haus, which supplied Sargento with the affected Longhorn Colby cheese,” according to a statement on Sargento’s website.
“Out of an abundance of caution, in addition to the products recalled on Feb. 10, with the new information we received from our supplier, we are also voluntarily recalling products which were packaged on the same lines.”