Meijer, the Grand Rapids, MI-based retail chain, has expanded a recall originally announced on Feb. 10 to now include its Meijer brand Artisan Made Natural Muenster Cheese and its pre-wrapped Ham Sub on Artisan White Baguette due to a potential cross contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The affected Meijer brand Artisan Made Natural Muenster Cheese was located on “cheese islands” within the Retailer’s Deli sections and has the expiration dates of Mar. 28, 2017, May 13, 2107, and June 10, 2017. The Meijer pre-made Ham Sub on Artisan White Baguette was located in its “grab-and-go” fresh deli cases with sell by dates between Nov. 2, 2016 and Dec. 30, 2016.
Meijer received notice of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination from MDS Foods, a Meijer supplier. MDS Foods informed Meijer that evidence of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination had been identified due to possible cross contamination after being processed on the same line as cheese recalled on Feb. 10.
The Meijer brand Artisan Made Natural Muenster Cheese will have the UPC 8-86926 27573-5. The Meijer deli- made Ham Sub on Artisan White Baguette has the UPC Code 7-13733 76499-5.
Customers should stop using the products and either dispose of it or return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund.
Meijer operates 230 retail stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The company, founded in 1934, is both privately-owned and family-operated.
Listeria is a pathogen that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections especially in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Others may suffer more short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
A Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
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