Food Alert: Michigan Company Recalls Cheeses Sold In Illinois
It was only a week or so back that I told you about the recall of 43 tons of meat that had been sold here in Illinois. Before that it was a recall on fish. Before that it was almonds. 2022 has had plenty of recalls, and we've still got almost 3 months left in the year.
Some of the recalls this year have been for reasons like metal or plastic fragments, E. coli, salmonella, and for the same reason the Michigan-produced cheeses are being recalled: possible listeria contamination.
Listeria Is A Real Problem, Can Survive Being Refrigerated, And Can Easily Spread To Other Foods And Surfaces, According To The FDA
And, as the CDC points out, listeria is nothing to screw around with, especially if you're in one of the groups that are most affected:
The disease primarily affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is usually a mild illness for pregnant women, but it causes severe disease in the fetus or newborn baby. Some people with Listeria infections, most commonly adults 65 years and older and people with weakened immune systems, develop severe infections of the bloodstream (causing sepsis) or brain (causing meningitis or encephalitis).
Here Are The Recall Details, Including What To Look For, And How To Get A Refund On The Product(s)
The products, produced in Michigan by Old Europe Cheese, Inc., were distributed to grocery stores nationwide and in Mexico between August 1st and September 28th.
The recalled cheeses were sold in Illinois and nationwide at Albertsons, Safeway, Meijer, Harding's, Shaw's, Price Chopper, Market Basket, Raley's, Save Mart, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, Fresh Thyme, Lidl, Sprouts, Athenian Foods, Target, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.
Old Europe Cheese has set up a telephone line to answer any questions about this recall. The number is 269-925-5003 ext. 335 and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm ET.
Click here to be taken to the FDA's website for a full list of recalled cheese products and photos of their labels.