November 10, 2000
The County Department of Environmental Health has received notification of a voluntary recall of colby/jack and Mexican blend cheese products by Schreiber Foods, Inc. due to possible Listeria contamination.
The recall covers cheese which was distributed nationally under 22 different brand names. The Wisconsin company has received no reports of illness and is voluntarily recalling the product. Consumers are asked to either dispose of the cheese or return it to the retailer where is was purchased.
Schreiber Foods, Inc. indicated that its supplier's cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This bacterium may cause serious or sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people or others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers who have recently eaten this product and have become ill should consult with their healthcare provider.
Attached is a complete listing of the brand names, sizes and dates of products affected. Only the items listed below are affected by this recall. The complete recall list and current information is available by calling 1-800-637-8259 or on the Internet website at www.pressevent.com/cheese/recall.htm.