A Wisconsin company is now recalling a variety of cheese products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. The products in question were distributed nationwide to retail stores and supermarkets. If you have purchased any cheese included in this recall, you are advised to discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Free Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been severely sickened after eating cheese products included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion and we can help.
What’s the problem?
January 3, 2012 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company is recalling the following products due to the potential for Listeria contamination:
- “HEB Queso Cotija (Grated)” – 8 oz. packages, Distributed in Texas. UPC code 0 4122024846 9 and sell-by dates of 08FEB12 and 09MAR12, which are located on the back of the package. Product was distributed between October 27, 2011 and December 23, 2011.
- “El Viajero Queso Quesadilla (Shredded)” — 8 oz packages, Distributed in Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee and Florida UPC code 0 7282014045 7 (located on the bottom left of front label) and sell by dates of 24FEB12, 09MAR12 or 15MAR12, which are located on the back of the package. Product was distributed between November 1, 2011 and January 3, 2012.
- “El Viajero Queso Cotija (Grated)” — 4 lb. packages, Distributed in Indiana and Minnesota. Use-by code 09MAR12, located on the back of the package. Product was distributed between November 11, 2011 and January 3, 2012.
- “BMF Queso Quesadilla (Shredded)” — 5 lb. packages, Distributed in New York. Sell by date of 16FEB12, 01MAR12 or 15MAR12, on product cases. Product was distributed between October 21, 2011 and January 3, 2012.
The potential contamination was discovered by the company during routine testing conducted by an independent laboratory. Test results confirmed that certain cheese products processed on the shred line contained Listeria bacteria. Therefore, all products processed on the same line have the potential to be contaminated.
Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
According to the Mayo Clinic, listeriosis is a rare but serious foodborne illness caused by eating foods contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Infection can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Most cases of listeriosis in otherwise healthy people are so mild that they may go unnoticed. However, in certain cases, a listeria infection can lead to extremely serious complications including generalized blood infections (septicemia) and inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain (meningitis).
Additionally, listeriosis can have a disastrous effect on an unborn baby. If it is contracted early on in pregnancy, listeriosis may lead to miscarriage. If it occurs later in pregnancy, a listeria infection may lead to still birth, premature birth or a fatal infection in the baby after birth. Symptoms of the illness include:
- muscle aches
- stiff neck
- loss of balance
Listeriosis is a relatively rare disease as far as foodborne illnesses go, but the consequences of infection are extremely serious. In the United States, approximately 1,850 people become seriously ill with listeriosis each year. Of these, an estimated 425 die. The majority of these are elderly patients or individuals with otherwise compromised immune systems. Most outbreaks of listeriosis are sporadic and the sources are usually unknown, however, contaminated food is most often considered to be the source of infection.
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