Federal tests have found Listeria monocytogenes contamination in Little Hatch’s jalapeño cream cheese, causing the manufacturing company to recall the product.

Interstate Food Products of Lakewood, CO, recalled its 14-ounce containers of the cream cheese from Whole Foods Markets stores in the Denver area, according to the company’s notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

“The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 14-ounce packages of Little Hatch’s Jalapeno Cream Cheese,” according to the notice, which did not indicate whether the samples were collected from retail stores or the manufacturing facility.

There is concern that consumers may have the recalled jalapeño cream cheese in their home refrigerators because it is not yet past its shelf life. Consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have the product in their homes: The UPC number is 63818396147. The product comes in a 14-ounce, clear plastic container marked with sell by date of 05/21 on top.

No illnesses have been reported as of the posting of the recall notice in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased 14-ounce containers of “Little Hatch’s Jalapeno Cream Cheese” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 720-626-9917.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled product and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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