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Sargento Issues Major Cheese Recall (Photo)

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Sargento has issued a voluntary recall of some of its cheeses due to a potential bacterial contamination. 

The Wisconsin-based company expanded a previous recall on Feb. 17 to include several more products that were produced on the same line as the originally recalled products, reports Chron. The company also announced it has cut ties with Deutsch Kase Haus, a cheese supplier that may be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.  

CNN reports that Sargento, one of the largest cheesemakers in the U.S., issued the following statement:

Out of concern for the health and well-being of Sargento consumers, the company has also terminated its relationship with Deutsch Kase Haus, which supplied Sargento with the affected Longhorn Colby cheese

So far, no illnesses have been confirmed.  

Listeriosis is a serious infection that's usually caused by eating contaminated food. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are around 1,600 cases every year, with 260 resulting in death.  

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The additional products that Sargento has recalled include 8-ounce packages of Sliced Colby, Sliced Muenster, Shredded Reduced Fat Colby-Jack, Shredded Chef Blends 4 Cheese Pizzeria, Artisan Blends Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, 7.5-ounce packages of Sliced Pepper Jack and 6.67-ounce packages of Sliced Tomato and Basil Jack.

Sources: Chron, CNN / Photo credit: Sargento, Sargento/Twitter

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