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Cheese Spreads Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

Oscar’s Smokehouse Inc. of Warrensburg, NY, is recalling 11 of its 7-oz. “CHEESE SPREADS” varieties due to potential Listeria contamination.

The recalled products come in a 7-oz. clear plastic container marked with lot numbers 719-959 on the bottom of the container or on the cheese spread label itself.

  • JALAPENO PEPPER CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • CHEDDAR SPREAD & BLUE CHEESE
  • CHAMPAGNE CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • GARLIC CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • PORT WINE CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • TANGY HORSERADISH CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • PLAIN CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • “MORE THAN” CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • HICKORY SMOKED CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • BACON & HORSERADISH CHEDDAR SPREAD
  • BACON CHEDDAR SPREAD

The products were distributed nationwide through mail order sales, wholesale sales and one retail store between 3/21/2013 to 3/21/2014.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 15 products, which included the 5.5-lb.package of CHEESE SPREAD BASE produced by PARKERS FARM ACQUISITION, LLC that was used to further manufacture the above-mentioned Oscar’s Smokehouse Cheese Spreads.

The production of this product has been suspended while the FDA and PARKERS FARM continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased any of the 7-oz. “CHEESE SPREAD” products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

If you ate any of the affected product(s) and experienced illness as a result, please contact your healthcare provider and/or notify your local health department so tests can be conducted on either food or human samples and results can be reported to the appropriate public health agencies.

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