Sargento recalls products for listeria contamination

Family-owned Sargento Foods Inc. is recalling several products suspected to have been contaminated with listeria pathogens, CNN reported.

The company said in a statement that certain packages of its Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby and Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese are being recalled “due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes,” the CNN report said.

According to the CNN report, Sargento said on its website that it ordered the recall after being notified by a supplier of potential contamination of its Longhorn Colby cheese. The product was packaged at Sargento’s plant in Plymouth, Wis.

Sargento said it was also recalling five other products packaged at the same facility -- Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese, Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese, Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese, Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby-Jack Cheese and Off The Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese -- “out of an abundance of caution,” the CNN report said.

The company said there have been no confirmed reports of illnesses, CNN reported.

Other companies, including Taylor Farms and Country Fresh, are recalling items that may have used Sargento products, the CNN report said.  (Source: CNN.com, Feb. 14, 2017.)