The recalled products are said to possibly be contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. This was discovered after a routine sampling of the product showed that the bulk was positive for bacteria. Currently, distribution of the affected product has been stopped while investigation is still being done by the company along with the FDA.
The recalled product is distributed in bulk, with a weight range of 8.5 pounds to 9.6 pounds. The UPC code indicated on the packaging is 0813555010000. The label also indicates that the product is imported. The recalled lots start from lot 19 to lot 34. The expiration dates on the packaging begin June 15 up to June 29, 2011. These products could either have been sold or distributed in wedges or in bulk.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that causes serious health injuries, especially to children, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system. Common symptoms of infection by this bacteria include high fever, stiffness, stomach pain and severe headache. In pregnant women, a Listeria infection can lead to miscarriages or stillbirths. At the time of the recall however, no health emergencies were reported that are related to the affected product.
The recalled cheese product was distributed to a variety of retail stores all over the country. Customers who were able to buy the product are recommended to return it to the store and request to be refunded. They can also call Scratter Foods at 973-461-2400 from 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Standard Time.