Meijer has announced a recall of its Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese. The company reports that the products, which are sold exclusively through its deli counters, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
This organism can be potentialy fatal to young children, the elderly, or consumers with frail or compromised immune systems. However, even healthy consumers can experience symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarhhea. Pregnant women who are infected stand the chance of having a miscarriage or stillbirth.
The two cheese products were sold at Meijer stores between November 10, 2016 and February 9, 2017. No known illnesses have been reported thus far, but Meijer initiated the recall after its manufacturer identified evidence of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
What to do
The recalled products can be identified by the Universal Product Codes (UPCs) printed on the label found on plastic deli packaging. Recalled products have codes starting with 215927 or 215938, with the last six digits varying depending on the weight of the deli order.
Consumers are urged to stop using any affected product and either dispose of it or return it to a customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund.
Consumers seeking additional information should contact Meijer at (800) 543-3704.