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Cheese product recall widens

The woe continues for Sargento, which expanded its recall to a wide variety of its cheese products over possible contamination by the bacteria Listerium.

Nacho & Taco shredded cheese with a sell-by date of 14 June 2017 was the first affected — and health officials added more on February 17:

Sargento Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, 8oz, UPC 4610041105a sell-by date of H10APR17; Sargento Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 8oz, UPC 4610040094, sell-by dates H09JUN17 and H08JUN17; Sargento Sliced Colby, 8oz., UPC 4610000105, sell-by date 15MAY17F; Sargento Sliced Muenster, 8oz., UPC 4610000107, Sell By dates 05MAR17F, 06MAR17F, 16APR17F, 17APR17F and 15APR17F; Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 7.5 oz., UPC 4610000122, sell-by date 03MAY17B; Sargento Sliced Tomato & Basil Jack, 6.67 oz., UPC 4610000279, sell-by date 03MAR17B; Sargento Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, 8oz., UPC 4610041018, sell-by date H07APR17; Sargento Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, 8 oz., UPC 4610041105, sell-by date H10APR17; Sargento Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 8oz., UPC 4610040094, sell-by date H09JUN17 and H08JUN17.

The company is also adding “sell-by” dates to some of the products that were previously recalled on February 10, 2017: Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby, 6.84oz., UPC 4610000228, sell-by date 02FEB17F, 01MAR17B and 16MAR17F; Sargento Chefs Blend Taco Blend Shredded Cheese, 8oz., UPC 4610040002, sell-by dates H11MAY17 and H01JUN17; Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack, 12oz., UPC 4610000108, sell-by dates 11JUN17B, 02MAY17B and 03MAY17B; Sargento Sliced Colby-Jack, 12oz., UPC 4610000109, sell-by date 01MAY17B; Sargento Off the Block Fine Cut Colby-Jack Shredded Cheese, 8oz., UPC 4610040014, sell-by date H06MAY17; Sargento Chef Blends Nacho & Taco Shredded Cheese, 8oz., UPC 4610040041, sell-by dates H04MAY17, S15MAY17 and H01JUN17; Sargento Off the Block Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Shredded Cheese, 8oz., UPC 4610040076, sell-by dates H09MAY17, H08MAY17 and H07MAY17.

Consumers can check if they have recalled product by visiting This webpage will be updated with the latest information about the Feb. 10 recall and this voluntary expanded recall. Consumers can also call Sargento Consumer Affairs at 1-800-243-3737 between 9am. and 4pm. (Central Time), or submit questions to the “Contact Us” page at

“We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this issue has caused,” Sargento foods chief executive officer Louie Gentine said. “We have high expectations for the quality and safety of our products and hold our suppliers accountable to those same standards. We will continue to evaluate our processes to ensure we remain a leader in food safety and quality.”

Listeria is described potentially dangerous for the unborn children of pregnant women, as well as for persons with compromised immune systems.

Customers who find any of these products in their refrigerator are advised to discard them, or return the products to the store of purchase for a refund.

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Published February 24, 2017 at 4:13 pm (Updated February 25, 2017 at 11:26 am)

Cheese product recall widens

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