Paul Brothers recalls cheese products due to possible listeria contamination

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The products were produced in early May

Paris Brothers, Inc., of Kansas City, Missouri, is recalling several specific cheese products listed below because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 

Shipping cartons with the affected product are identified by the lot codes 05042022, 05052022, or 05062022. Individual retail outlets may have relabeled the individual consumer packages as:

• Cottonwood River Cheddar

• D'amir Brie Double Crème French Brie

• Milton Prairie Breeze White Cheddar Style

• Milton Tomato Garlic Cheddar

• Paris Brothers Mild Cheddar

• Paris Brothers Colby Jack

• Paris Brothers Pepper Jack

• Cervasi Pecorino Romano

The products were delivered to wholesalers for distribution in grocery stores in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, one store in Mississippi, and one store in Florida.

Products that were produced between May 4, 2022, and May 6, 2022, are the only products in the recall. It was issued following routine sampling by the FDA, which revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

The company said no illnesses have been reported to date. Although healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms -- such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea -- listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Those who have purchased the affected products are encouraged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company by phone and ask for the FDA contact, Doug Schnell, at 816-455-4188 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

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