While no one has gotten sick from the products, they are recalling several items as a precaution.
Meijer is announcing a recall of its Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese sold exclusively through its deli counters due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly, or others with a weakened immune system. According to the CDC, about 260 people die of listeriosis every year. The UPC number is under the bar code on the back of your Sargento cheese package.
Meijer received notice of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination from MDS Foods, a Meijer supplier that sources the Meijer branded cheeses from Deutsch Kase Haus, a cheese manufacturer based in Middlebury, Indiana. The company said it was recalling five additional products packaged at that same facility "out of an abundance of caution". These include Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby; Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese; Sargento Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese; Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese; Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese; Sargento Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby-Jack Cheese, and Sargento Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese. There have been no known illnesses reported to Meijer from the product affected by this recall.
Taylor Farms soon followed suit after it was notified about Sargento's recall. Sargento supplies some cheese products to Taylor Farms. The products would have been distributed from centers in Roanoke, Houston, and San Antonio, TX; Los Angeles and Tracy, CA; and Portland, OR, as describe in a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.